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GAI History

The Germanic-American Institute's predecessor, the Volksfest Association of Minnesota, was formed in 1957 as a collaborative group of Germanic clubs, celebrating Minnesota's statehood centennial in public festivities. By selling bonds and a variety of volunteer fundraising efforts, the organization purchased the Summit Avenue home for $60,000 in 1965, and refurbished it to suit the needs of a Kulturhaus for social and cultural gatherings.

In the early 1990's, the club became a non-profit organization and changed its name to the Germanic-American Institute (GAI) to reflect the changing demographics and focus of the organization.                                                                       

Haus History

The four-story house, complete with a ballroom, Ratskeller, and nine fireplaces, was built in 1906 by the George W. Gardner family. The Gardner family resided in the home until the late 1930's. The property was then purchased in 1948 by the Sisters of St. Benedict and became known as the Saint Paul Priory. Since 1965 it has served as a German cultural center and home of the GAI.

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