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    Swiss Heritage
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    Swiss Roots
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    Swiss Heritage
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You are the Swiss Center of North America
You are the Swiss Center of North America

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Nearly 200 people attended Polka for the Swiss April 17th at the New Glarus Hotel Restaurant in New Glarus, WI.  Music by the Zweifel Brothers and heritage music by the New Glarus Maennerchor, Jodlerklub and alphorns all enhanced what was a wonderful atmosphere.
In four hours you raised more than $6,000 to support the work of the Swiss Center of North America through your "bid high and bid often" efforts at the 57 item Silent Auction.
Mike and Roland--thank you for hosting our event and providing not only the New Glarus Hotel Restaurant, but the music, the food, and the talented staff that kept everything running smoothly.
Visit our Events Page to view our sponsors and if you are in the neighborhood--please visit and say thank you for supporting the Swiss Center of North America.

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Fahnenschwingen Classes

The Swiss Center of North America is excited to announce Fahnenschwingen classes beginning March 7th through May. Fahnenschwingen is the art of Swiss flag throwing.
Students will be taught by Damion Babler, a member of the New Glarus Jodlerklub as well as flag thrower who is looking forward to teaching this Swiss tradition to a younger generation.
The one-hour class and practice will be held Monday’s at 6 p.m. beginning in the New Glarus Elementary School Gym. Students will learn basic moves and techniques. Class will move to an outdoor venue so students can experience how Mother Nature affects the flags.
The fee for joining this Swiss flag throwing tradition is $25 per student for the 12 one-hour classes.
Please contact Damion at to enroll your middle to high school child.
The Swiss Center of North America is sponsoring Fahnenschwingen through a generous grant from the New Glarus Community Foundation which allowed the Swiss Center to purchase 10 authentic throwing flags from Switzerland for $300 per flag and stick.
As summer progresses along with the skill of the group, Damion plans to throw at Volkfest, the Tell Play and Cheese Days.

For those of us who love all things Swiss--there are about 15 signed copies of Swiss Watching remaining for sale.
It's a GREAT read about a great country filled with tradition and amazing people--purchase Swiss Watching today. 
Proceeds support the programming of the Swiss Center of North America. $30 includes shipping and handling.

When we say "YOU" are the Swiss Center of North America, we mean it.  The Swiss Center is a mix of your search for Swiss roots, personal stories and our committment to make sure Swiss heritage doesn't disappear in North America.
Our work includes the preserving and the recounting of the unique stories of people who built communities with distinctive history in the United States and Canada.
The Swiss Center of North America celebrates Swiss heritage and culture.  We interpret, collect and promote the Swiss-North American experience through events, social media and our belief that collective pieces of our past truly enriches our understanding of today.
Our Donald G. Tritt Library and Archives holds more than 9,000 books, magazines and other printed materials published in the four national languages of Switzerland and English.
You'll find historic records from organizations and individuals including a nearly complete North American Swiss Singing Alliance Saengerfest collection beginning in 1897.
We welcome guests from around the world and work to promote appreciation for and awareness of Swiss heritage, culture and pride.
You don’t have to be Swiss to enjoy the Swiss Center.
We invite you to explore the Swiss story to learn about people and organizations that helped built North America.

Hours and Location

Normal Hours: Monday - Friday   9 AM to 3 PM  
Please e-mail or call ahead to ensure the Center is open when you would like to visit.
Other hours by appointment:          
To schedule a visit:     
507 Durst Road - New Glarus - WI - 53574

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