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Calendar of Events

Ongoing through October
Heuriger Photo Exhibit

Saturdays, September 20 - November 22
Kaffeestube European Breakfast Café

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Deutschlandspiel - UST Fall of the Wall Film Festival

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Martinstag Basteltag - Craft Day

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Stammtisch German Luncheon

Friday, November 14, 2014
Culture Series: Junior und der Schwan Screening & Discussion

Friday, November 21, 2014
Culture Series: German Town Screenings & Discussions

Expanded to 2 days!
Saturday & Sunday
December 6 & 7, 2014
Holiday Open Haus & Nikolaustag

Members-only preregistration October 1-November 15!
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Community Christmas Dinner & Program


Partner Events

Sunday, November 9, 2014
St. Martin's Day Celebration at the Landmark Center


Fall of the Wall Film Festival at St. Thomas:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
For Eyes Only

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014
"Walls That Fell and Walls Still to Fall: What the Fall of the Berlin Wall Means for Us Today" - Reception and Lecture by Professor Dan Hamilton

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Good Bye Lenin!

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Ready for Life - Vorspiel

For events held by various groups at the GAI, find more information under Gruppen.


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Germanic-American Institute!

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.

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Upcoming Events

Deutschlandspiel Film Screening

Deutschlandspiel movie poster

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

Lantern for St. Martin's 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.