European heritage in America
New Glarus (Swiss) and Mt. Horeb (Norwegian) are examples of rural towns that reflect the traditions of the original residents’ homeland. An emphasis on historic preservation is evident in logging towns and mining communities that have maintained the flavor of the past. With the greatest number of Native American tribes and bands east of the Mississippi, there are Native American powwows, arts and crafts exhibitions, and museums. Few states in the nation have maintained cultural ties with their European ancestors as diligently as Wisconsin. From the ornate German restaurants of Milwaukee to the Swiss cheese factories of Green County to the Scandinavian attractions of Door County, Wisconsin’s European heritage is proudly on display, providing visitors with a fascinating glimpse of the state’s ethnic heritage.