Pomeranian Dance, Music and Song
17th century: the years 1600-1699.
Have you ever had a really good idea on the bus? What was it? Did you make your idea happen?
Is a part of your personal identity connected to your ethnic heritage? Do the foods you eat, the songs you sing, the holidays you celebrate, or the games you play come from your ethnic heritage?
The Pommerscher Verein Freistadt, or Pomeranian Society of Freistadt, is one of the three Pomeranian groups in Freistadt. Their site tells about the Society and upcoming events, and supports genealogical research for Pomeranian ancestors. It is available in German also.
The Max Kade Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is an excellent resource for German-American studies. They provide special resources for educators, including workshops and lesson plans. Look for their on-line articles about German-American Wisconsin history, such as Some German Contributions to Wisconsin Life by Lester W. J. Seifert (1983).
Pomeranian History by Myron Gruenwald is an article that traces this history from Europe to the United States, including Wisconsin.
For archival research, see this listing of the holdings on German Americans in Wisconsin held by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee library.
The oldest Lutheran church in Wisconsin was founded by Pomeranians in Freistadt in 1839. Learn more about the church’s and community’s history in this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper article, “At Trinity, History is Family.”
Want to see what the annual Pommerntag celebration in Mequon looks like? Then take a look at these photos taken by Mark Justesen.
The Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt performs at the annual Holiday Folkfair International. This is a very popular event in Milwaukee; about 45 different ethnic groups participate, sharing their culture in interesting ways.
Interested in Pomeranian food traditions? The Wisconsin Gardener, a show on Wisconsin Public Television, aired a program on
historic Pomeranian gardening traditions. Read the transcript here for An 1880’s Historic Ethnic Garden.
Milestones in Pomeranian History outlines the history of Pomerania from 1200 BC to 1991.
Text written by Jamie Yuenger, edited by Anne Pryor.
Sources consulted include phone interviews with George Radtke by Jamie Yuenger (September 2002), The Atlas of Ethnic Diversity in Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1998; Pomeranian Customs and Culture by Pommerscher Verein Freistadt: Germantown, WI, 1986 (housed at Max Kade Institute).
Sound clips from Sie Haben Die Musik Nicht Vergessen! by Pommersche Spadeel Freistadt (compact disc).
Map “Provinz Pommern 1939” used with permission of creator, Gunthard Stübs: http://hinterpommern.de/.