Lawrence Turnverein

In summer 2020, Research Assistant Hannah Combs, a graduate student in Political Sciece, created an illustrated and annotated finding aid of Lawrence Turner archives and artifacts held by the Max Kade Center, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, and the Watkins Museum of History in downtown Lawrence. She also transcribed a set of letters written by a German fighting for the Union during the Civil War.


New York Turn Verein Archives

Markus Bierkoch, doctoral candidate in History at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin,   His dissertation focuses on German-speaking migrants and their descendants in New York City 1898-1933. He is especially interested in migrant associations as providers of social and financial benefits and as proponents of ethnic polics.

“The New York Turnverein records held at the Max Kade Center are, in my opinion, unique in the field of German-American archival collections, given their completeness, the years covered, and their  granularity. These records document how deeply involved the NY Turnverein was in the everyday life of the local German migrant community: it offered the chance to attend and participate in sporting events, theatrical performances, choral concerts, German language classes, and festivals. It is wonderful that such a collection has been preserved.”

Markus Bierkoch, April 2019




World War I American Immigrant Poetry: A Digital Humanities Project

The WWI American Immigrant Poetry Project is a digital,scholarly repository that aims to collect and preserve largely unknown poems written and published by German Americans in the war era. The web tool, which will be available in summer 2021, makes annotated poems first published in periodicals and anthologies accessible in a digital space for scholars, teachers, students, and the general public. Designed as a high-impact educational experience for undergraduates, students have been involved in all aspects of the project, from identifying poems in primary sources to transcribing and encoding poems in XML and creating the project’s web tool.