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Old World Wisconsin
Around Europe in the Badger State
Fred L. Holmes

Sarsa boards, yodeling, lutefisk, cooperatives, kringle, and shrines—legacies of Old World ways

A delightful survey of the ethnic traditions of Old World homes and the peoples who settled Wisconsin. First published in 1944, it is a "must read" for amateur historians, cultural history buffs, and anyone interested in one of the Heartland's true melting pots.

"Fred Holmes was among those foresighted people who realized that Wisconsin's amazing cultural diversity should be recorded before many elements disappeared. The result was his classic volume."—Hugh D. Gurney, former director, Old World Wisconsin Historic Site, Eagle, Wisconsin

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the cover of Holmes is illustrated with art of woman spinning.

December 2002

200 pp.   6 x 9

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