New Glarus, Swiss history, Wisconsin history, Swiss colony, Niklaus Durst
The following letter comprises the first official report on the emergence of New Glarus. It was written by Judge Niklaus Durst, and signed by both Durst and Fridolin Streiff, several days after the group of colonists arrived in Wisconsin. Dürst wrote beautiful but complicated German. The original letter is archived in the Pulverturm at Schwanden, Canton Glarus, where many of the records of the Emigration Society are kept. This translation, by Peter Etter and Leo Schelbert, tries to adapt to Dürst' s style as much as possible without making the letter too difficult to understand. It is based on the transcription made by Suzanne Peter-Kubli and published in Die Welt ist hier weit, a special printing of the Yearbook of the Historischen Vereins des Kantons Glarus, Volume 75, pages 15-23 (Glarus: Tschudi, 1995). Place names were changed to present-day usage.
"First Letter from New Glarus,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 41
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol41/iss2/6