Welcome to the History Blog featuring the connections between Switzerland and the Midwest. I am Joerg Oberschmied, Deputy Consul General in Chicago. My interest in history started at an early age and continues to this day. The views expressed are solely mine and I hope you enjoy these journeys through time.

Mari Sandoz grew up on one of the last frontiers in the continental United States. The impressions of those early years formed her viewpoint on Native Americans. “I only knew the German-Swiss dialect of my grandmother,” she writes in These Were the Sioux. “The Indians made names for us…

Join us this year as we mark an important anniversary & celebrate Swiss women’s impact.

“Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.”

– Theme of the 2021 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Women make crucial contributions to every part of our society. You need look no further than the Covid-19 crisis to see the proof of this: women have been involved on the frontlines as medical professionals and first responders, as researchers engaged in…

WeTalk. Pop Culture. Swiss-Made is a social media campaign of the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States. WeTalk promotes the diversity of Swiss culture and innovation by featuring prominent Swiss stakeholders from these fields. Sharing perspectives from artists, athletes and entrepreneurs, WeTalk provides its audience with fascinating insights into the diversity of contemporary Swiss culture. Watch Crimer’s 1-min WeTalk interview here!

Welcome to the History Blog featuring the connections between Switzerland and the Midwest. I am Joerg Oberschmied, Deputy Consul General in Chicago. My interest in history started at an early age and continues to this day. The views expressed are solely mine and I hope you enjoy these journeys through time.

Among the first impactful settlers of Chicago were two brothers from Switzerland, Andrew and Conrad Sulzer. Andrew co-founded the first successful brewery in Chicago, and Conrad is recognized as the first recorded non-native settler in the area. Chicago in the 1830’s was an insignificant place in a wild yet…

WeTalk. Pop culture. Swiss-Made is a Social Media campaign launched by the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States. WeTalk aims at promoting the diversity of Swiss culture and innovation by featuring prominent Swiss stakeholders. Sharing perspectives from artists, athletes and entrepreneurs, WeTalk provides its audience with fascinating insights into the diversity of contemporary Swiss culture. Watch Loïc’s video here!

On the occasion of the « Mois de la Francophonie » (Month of the French language), the Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta is presenting the movie TAMBOUR BATTANT (engl. Roll the Drum!), a comedy that is a little about politics and music, but mostly about love, friendship, and immigration. In an exclusive interview, we had the chance to speak with film director François-Christophe Marzal about his movie.

Film Director François-Christophe Marzal

Why did you decide to become a film director?

It has always been a big desire of mine to be able to tell stories. Because of this urge inside of me, I…

In 1998, the cities of Chicago and Lucerne entered into a sister city partnership, which was ratified in Chicago by Mayors Richard M. Daley and Urs W. Studer a year later. Prior to that, several cultural exchanges already took place, with the Lucerne Carnival band “Noggeler” visiting in 1991 and bringing an age-old Swiss tradition to Chicago. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra enriched the Lucerne Festival on various occasions and also performed as orchestra in residence. For Lucerne — a medium-sized Swiss city — this was a unique opportunity to shape its international orientation. Not that the city was unknown outside…

WeTalk. Pop culture. Swiss-Made is a Social Media campaign launched by the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States. WeTalk aims at promoting the diversity of Swiss culture and innovation by featuring prominent Swiss stakeholders. Sharing perspectives from artists, athletes and entrepreneurs, WeTalk provides its audience with fascinating insights into the diversity of contemporary Swiss culture. Watch Mibsy’s video here!

Black History Month 2021 is being celebrated virtually not only here in Washington, DC, but also at Swiss representations around the United States, and we’re inviting you to join us! Below, you’ll find a welcome message from Ambassador and Mrs. Pitteloud, as well as information about upcoming events and exciting content from around the network that will be available throughout the month.

Embassy of Switzerland in the USA, Washington DC

WeTalk. Pop Culture. Swiss-Made

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KT Gorique is an artist of Ivorian and Italian origins, who has lived in Switzerland…

WeTalk. Pop culture. Swiss-Made is a Social Media campaign launched by the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States. WeTalk aims at promoting the diversity of Swiss culture and innovation by featuring prominent Swiss stakeholders. Sharing perspectives from artists, athletes and entrepreneurs, WeTalk provides its audience with fascinating insights into the diversity of contemporary Swiss culture. Watch KT’s video here!

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