Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Six Generations Here: A Farm Family Remembers
By Marjorie L. McLellan with an essay by Kathleen Neils Conzen and NEW forward by Dan Freas
148 pages, 159 b/w photos, 1 map, 9.5 x 8.5"Buy
Discover the story of the Krueger family, as images of farm, family, and landscape reveal the struggles of rural immigrant life in Wisconsin. Leaving their German home in 1851, the Kruegers came to America for economic opportunity. But like other immigrant families, they struggled to make ends meet. Only with the whole family helping out did they manage to get their Watertown farm up and running. Over the generations, the Kruegers incorporated their past traditions with the needs of the present, adapting to the challenges of rural American life and, when necessary, breaking from the past. Through photographs, documents, and family stories, the Kruegers left a deep history of who they were and how they sought to be remembered. Follow their family through six generations as they compile a rich and varied record of Wisconsin life.
This newly-released second printing features a new forward by Dan Freas, director of Old World Wisconsin, who ties the immigrant farm family experience that the Kruegers lived with the opportunity to relive it at the Wisconsin Historical Society living history site in Eagle, Wisconsin.
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Marjorie L. McLellan is associate professor of History and American Studies at Miami University, Middletown, Ohio. With George A. Talbot and the staff of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, she researched and produced the NEH-funded exhibit "Six Generations Here ... A Family Remembers" (1982).
Kathleen Neils Conzen has been a professor of American History at the University of Chicago since 1991. She is the author of "Immigrant Milwaukee, 1836-1860: Acccomodation and Community in a Frontier City."