Swiss Center Material Collections
The Swiss Center of North America is devoted to the preservation of the artifacts that document the history of the Swiss migration to and settlement of the U.S. and Canada. The Tritt Library and Archives includes the objects on immigration including photographs, clothing, post cards, quilts, furniture, musical instruments and much more.
Some items have been found at auction or thrift stores. Before you give away these artificats of your family, talk to the Swiss Center about whether donating is a better thing to do. Call 608-527-6565 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2009, the Tritt Library and Archives received the “Suisse” collection of William and Ruth Hubrich.
The collection included the couple’s Swiss artwork, hand-painted furniture as well as Kreuzstich pattern books (books of old traditional needlework techniques); privately printed works containing authentic drawings and methods of making equipment and rural Swiss housing known as “Der Heimatwerkbote” developed at the “Heimatwerkschule Richterswill”; and spoken dialect recordings of Swiss German.
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