, President/CEOSee Bio here.
While those with Swiss ancestry are justifiably proud of our heritage, the contributions made by the Swiss are not widely known by many in North America. We are working to change that. I invite you to learn more about the Swiss Center. We are working to tell the historical and contemporary story of the Swiss people through our Swiss roots.
My personal story is one of Swiss emigration.
I am the granddaughter of Rudy Wuthrich who emigrated from the Emmental, Canton Bern in 1923.
I took this picture in 2012 standing on grandpa's farm with my second-cousin Barbara and another Rudy Wuthrich who lives and still works the farm today.
I think we are perhaps 4 times removed?
Everyone should experience the deeply emotional experience of standing where my grandfather lived. I could truly feel my Swiss roots.
Grandpa Rudy married Lena Eberhardt also a child of Swiss emigrants, although her mother was born in German, but raised in Switzerland.
I am the great grandaughter of:
- Christian Zurbuchen of Habkern, Canton Bern, who emigrated in 1888,
- Barbara Andrea Zurbuchen of Andeer in Canton Graubunden who arrived in Wisconsin in 1893.
They met and married within a year in Green County Wisconsin. These are their children--16 in all. So you will find many Zurbuchens here outside of Switzerland.
- Gottlieb Grunder of Canton Bern who emigrated in 1888
- Rosa Lauri of Canton Bern who arrived 1889
They married and had 7 children, the youngest named Emma Hulda Grunder. She's the little girl in the photograph. She's also my grandmother for whom my eldest daughter Emma is named.
Beth loves Swiss Cows
I just had to add this page because I have so many beautiful photographs of Swiss cows! How can you not love them?
And two years in a row I was fortunate enough to encounter the return home from the alps.