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The Rev. Maximilian Gaertner, O.Praem., a Norbertine priest from Wilten Abbey in Austria, arrived in Sac Prairie, Wisconsin in 1846 to assist the Rev. Adalbert Inama, O.Praem., in ministering to the German immigrants of Wisconsin. Their territory included Dane, Portage, Sauk and Iowa counties. During his time in Wisconsin, Rev. Gaertner kept a diary, all ten volumes of which are reproduced here. His diaries are an invaluable record of his travels and work in Wisconsin, from his arrival in 1846 until he was recalled to Wilten Abbey in 1858.
Gaertner, Norbertine, Wisconsin, Premonstratensian, Catholic Church, Mission, Wilten Abbey
Gaertner, Rev. Maximilian O.Praem., "Volume One" (1846). The Wisconsin Diaries of the Rev. Maximilian Gaertner, O.Praem.. 1.