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Herzlich Willkommen beim 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.

The GAI is a co-founder and authorizer of the Twin Cities German Immersion School, a public charter located in St.Paul, serving children in kindergarten through 8th grade.

Our deepest thanks to the following foundation for their financial support of the GAI for 2016-2017:


Saturday, December 3, 11am-5pm 
Sunday, December 4, 11am-3pm

Free and Open to the Public

Enjoy the feel of a European market with all the comforts of our community home. Continuing as a two-day event, we will feature local vendors selling German Christmas gift items, model trains, festive food and drink featuring Glühwein, Lebkuchen, and more! Come on Saturday for shopping and afternoon Christmas Trivia in the Ratskeller—where you could win an extra gift for a friend with your knowledge of Christmas traditions in Germany—or bring the Kinder on Sunday to visit with St. Nikolaus and make your own authentic tree ornament.

Click here to see the list of vendors, food, and fun available at the Haus for the weekend.

Donate to the Annual Fund before the end of the year to support our programming and operations!

Help us reach $35,000 for 2017

German language education, heritage exploration, and inter-cultural understanding matter and are central to the work we do at the GAI. While we have a vibrant team of core staff, teachers, and volunteers, we cannot do this critical work without your support. Please help us meet our goal of raising $35,000 for 2017, and know that you are fueling the movement to keep German language and cultural education accessible to all Minnesotans and beyond.

Click here to make a tax-deductible donation today!

Only a few spots still available!

Kultur in der Küche: Holiday Cookie Baking Class

Sunday, December 11, 9am-12pm
$20 for GAI Members, $25 for Non-members
For ages 12 and up

Cook-up some holiday fun with our catering director and resident chef, Katrin Erdmann. She will lead a class on various types of classic German holiday cookie baking, including favorites such as Vanillekipferl ( Vanilla crescents) and Karierte Weihnachtsplaetzchen (Checkered Christmas cookies). All supplies and ingredients are included; you need only bring yourself and friends! 

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