When a man from Vaud set out to bring his knowledge of wine to North America… Illustration by Marco Heer.
The first commercial winery in the United States – established by a Swiss immigrant!

In 1796, Jean-Jacques Dufour emigrated from the Lake Geneva region with the stated aim of becoming a successful winegrower in distant America. The Swiss grower founded the colony of Vevay, Indiana, which did indeed manage to produce wine.

Jacopo Zucchi’s allegory of the discovery of America, 1585 (detail).
King, servant, coral diver

Africans have been present in Europe for centuries. If you keep your eyes peeled as you stroll around the art museums of Europe, you’ll encounter them depicted in a wide variety of roles.

Anne Frank wrote what is probably the most famous diary in the world.
Anne Frank and the Basel connection

From Basel and later from Birsfelden, Anne Frank’s father, Otto, worked to ensure that what is probably the most famous diary in history was read all over the world.

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Three museums – the National Museum Zurich, the Castle of Prangins and the Forum of Swiss History Schwyz – as well as the collections centre in Affoltern am Albis – are united under the umbrella of the Swiss National Museum (SNM).