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Fall Adult Classes
Starting September 2

Fall Samstagsschule for Children
September 20 - December 6


Calendar of Events

Ongoing through October
Heuriger Photo Exhibit

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Culture Series: Walled-In Discussion

Friday, September 19, 2014
Annual Meeting

RSVP by September 12!
Friday, September 19, 2014
Herbstfest Heuriger: A celebration of Austrian food & wine

Saturdays, September 20 - November 22
Kaffeestube European Breakfast Café

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Culture Series: East Frisian Tea Ceremony

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Culture Series: Malice Toward None Discussion

Registration opens September 2!
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Winetasting Dinner Soirée

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

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

Herbstfest Heuriger: a celebration of Austrian food & wine


Friday, September 19, 6-9pm

RSVP by September 12

Join us in saying, "Wiederschauen" to summer and a hearty, "Grüß Gott" to fall at our first ever Herbstfest celebration! Inspired by Austria's beloved outdoor wine gardens (Heurigen), we will be featuring authentic Austrian specialities and wines for your enjoyment. Complete with live music from Vienna Community Arts and enhanced Summit Avenue ambiance, you can experience the very best of Viennese Gemütlichkeit without leaving Minnesota.

This event is co-produced by the German American Heritage Foundation.


Walled-In: A West Berlin Girls' Journey to Freedom

Cover of Walled-In

Wednesday, September 10, 7pm
Free and open to the public

Join author J. Elke Ertle for a discussion of her riveting recounting of growing up in post-World War II West Berlin. Through food shortages and the Berlin Airlift, the construction of the Berlin Wall, and John F. Kennedy's Ich bin ein Berliner speech, Ertle interweaves global events with her personal story of a strict but happy childhood. Click here to read more about Ertle's book, Walled-In.

This event is the first installment of our Fall Culture Series.