Join the GAI this fall for a series of virtual and in-person events that explore new topics in German-American history. Starting with the exhibit Stars and Stripes over the Rhine, this series will explore little-known history and pivotal developments over the 20th century that continue to shape connections between Germany and the United States. 

Stars and Stripes Over the Rhine: T
he American Occupation in Germany after World War I, 1918–1923
This traveling exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of American presence in Rheinland-Pfalz and explores the social, political, and economic ties that were created among the German and American communities in Rheinland-Pfalz during this four-year span.
Sundays at the GAI, November 15 and 22 | 11 AM–3 PM

No registration is needed but please sign in on arrival. Masks are required and social distancing protocols will be followed.
Exhibit online

Stars and Stripes Over the Rhine

Together with the Mainz-based historian Kai-Michael Sprenger, the SWR Fernsehen team looks for clues about how the historic first encounters between Germans and Americans took place. The descendants of German-American families also come together, as grandchildren set out in search of their grandfathers or grandmothers.
Watch English version   Watch German Version


Virtual Talk: Denazification and the Cold War—The United States and Germany after WWII
Professor David Tompkins of Carleton College
David Tompkins specializes in the history of modern Central Europe, and is particularly interested in the relationship between culture and politics. At Carleton, he offers a wide range of courses on the history of modern Europe, including seminars on music and politics, visual images and socialism, dictatorships, and the Holocaust.
Virtual presentation via Zoom | Monday, November 23 | 6–7 PM.
Register for virtual talk here

Virtual Talk: Uncovering History—Connecting Families: The Making of Stars and Stripes Over the Rhine
Dr. Kai-Michael Sprenger, Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz
Mainz-based historian and project director of Stars and Stripes over the Rhine, Dr. Kai-Michael Sprenger will talk about how the exhibit and film came about. Live from Mainz, via Zoom, the talk will include a short presentation and time for your questions.
View on GAI's YouTube channel

Virtual Talk: Organized Kindness and Organized Gratitude—a Minnesota Tradition*
Mark Ritchie, President of Global Minnesota, former Minnesota Secretary of State
Major General Henry Allen, commander of the American Army in Germany, was shocked at the near starvation conditions facing Germany and the rest of Europe as a result of World War I. Midwesterners, including prominent Minnesotans, were important leaders in this organized kindness that eventually fed 170 million people in 45 countries.
View on GAI's YouTube channel

*In cooperation with Global Minnesota



David Tompkins

Kai-Michael Sprenger

Mark Ritchie

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