The link between Wisconsin and Luxembourg goes back to the mid-19th century. Belgium, Wis., is home to the International Luxembourg American Cultural Center and has one of the largest populations of people of Luxembourg heritage in the United States. For context, the entire population of Luxembourg itself is less than that of metro Milwaukee.
“A hundred thousand Luxembourgers left from 1850 to 1880 and came over here to Wisconsin and Illinois. They stayed, brought families over, made their life here, and became American citizens,” says Consul Stan Myck, head of consular and commercial affairs for the Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington, D.C.
In December 2019, the center marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge — one of the most brutal WWII battles, especially for American troops. The battle, which was a decisive victory for the Allies, also involved Luxembourg.
To help commemorate the anniversary, Myck, was invited to speak at the center about the long connection between Wisconsin and his country. Learn more about the International Luxembourg American Cultural Center here.