Herzlich Willkommen beim
Welcome to the Germanic-American Institute
We are a Minnesota non-profit whose mission is to foster appreciation and understanding of the culture, language, arts, and ongoing history of the German speaking peoples through public educational and cultural programs.
GAI auf einen Blick
- authorizer of the Twin Cities German Immersion School
- a community dedicated to preserving our roots while looking to the
future by offering:
- a language school for adults and children
- Kinderstube German immersion preschool
- cultural programming throughout the year
- fun monthly membership gatherings
We invite you to come be part of our ever-growing community.
Deutschlandspiel Film Screening
Saturday, November 1
Free and open to the public
Join us at the GAI for this political thriller that combines interviews, documentary footage, and re-enactments of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The docu-drama will be screened in two 90 minute periods, with a 30 minute intermission, when we invite you to enjoy brunch/lunch at a specially extended Kaffeestube. The film will be in German with English subtitles.
Deutschlandspiel is presented in collaboration with the German Program at the University of Saint Thomas as part of their Fall of the Wall Campus Weeks.
Martinstag Basteltag - Craft Day
Sunday, November 2, 2pm
$5 per child, ages 3-9
Bring the Kinder for an afternoon of paper lantern-making and traditional cookies to celebrate Martinstag. All children are welcome to bring their lanterns back to the GAI on November 11 to join with Kinderstbue in a parade down Summit Avenue.
St. Martin's Day, or Martinstag, is a traditional Catholic holiday celebrated throughout the German speaking countries. November 11 is the feast day of St. Martin, who was conscripted into the Roman army but later became a conscientious objector and a monk. The nights before and on the night of Martinstag, children walk in parades carrying handmade lanterns and singing.
Registration for this event is available online or by calling the GAI Office at 651-222-7027. Registration fee covers the cost of materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult.