Friday, April 24, 2009

Swiss Settlements

Earlier this year, film producer Philipp Kunzli set out to photograph Swiss descendants in small towns across the U.S. Before heading to places with large Swiss populations like New Bern, North Carolina (named after the capital of Switzerland) and Tell City, Indiana (home of the Swiss Fest, one of Indiana's longest-running community fairs) he stopped at the Tenement Museum to learn about life in America's most crowded immigrant center. Follow Kunzli's progress on his blog, and check out samples from his photo gallery below.

Helvetia, West Virgina - an isolated mountain town settled by Swiss immigrants in 1869

Traditional Swiss food is served at Helvetia's Hutte restaurant

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