This German language club meets monthly at the GAI. Founded in 1979, the Sprachklub offers community members an opportunity to speak German in an informal, congenial setting, regardless of level of proficiency. A variety of topics are presented, and fluency ranges from a working knowledge of German to native speakers. For more information and upcoming meeting dates, contact Helga Parnell, 651-457-1590.
The Damenklub - Women's Club - welcomes all German speaking women who are interested in gathering for Gemütlichkeit and conversation auf Deutsch. The Damen meet at the GAI the third Monday of the month at noon for a potluck lunch and conversation. In addition to regular meetings, the Damen host Kaffee & Kuchen (Coffee & Cake) in the summer and sell Lebkuchen as a GAI fundraiser during the holiday season. Please contact Helga Parnell at 651-457-1590 for details on how to connect with the GAI Damenklub.
Germanic Genealogy Society
The Germanic Genealogy Society is one of the most active genealogical societies in the Midwest with nearly 900 members worldwide. GGS offers information, educational opportunities, publications, and association with others researching German roots (including areas outside the current borders of Germany). Contact GGS by email or visit their website for more information.
Haus and Grounds
The GAI's award-winning grounds and our 1906 Haus require dedicated care and maintenance. Haus and Grounds volunteers meet monthly, doing invaluable work, from painting to weeding the flower beds. If you would like to help maintain the GAI property, have a green thumb and/or are a generally handy person, we need you! For more information or to volunteer, email Jim Gruetzman or call 651-783-2996.
Pommern Regional Group of MN
The Pommern Regional Group focuses on the genealogy and history of Pommern/Pomerania. Their purpose is to collect, preserve, and publish genealogical and historical information; collect materials about Pommern; further the research of Pommern ancestors; and provide a forum to share research methods and information. Email PRG or visit their website for more information.
Twin Cities German Language Meetup
The Twin Cities German Language Meetup group is an informal conversation group that meets regularly at a variety of venues throughout the Twin Cities. German speakers of all levels are welcome to attend. Check out their website for more information about upcoming events and meeting locations.
The Minnesänger are a mixed choir that rehearses for shorter intervals in the spring and fall in preparation for performances at various events and festivals throughout the Twin Cities. In the past, they have performed at events including the GAI's Deutsche Tage, St. Paul Oktoberfest, and the European Christmas Market at Union Depot in Saint Paul. The choir is open to singers high school age and up regardless of choral experience. For more information, visit their website or contact John Hoffacker.
Modelleisenbahngruppe (German Model Trains)
This group of German model train enthusiasts meets monthly at the GAI. The group also sets up special displays at GAI events like Deutsche Tage and the Holiday Open Haus. Contact Bill Eisenmann and Michael Nollan for more information.
This club meets twice per month at the GAI to play the traditional German card game Skat. Most players are advanced, but newcomers are always welcome, and time will be taken to introduce anyone to this very social game. This is also a great opportunity to improve German language skills with people of various backgrounds. Contact Hilke Riechardt-Martinez for meeting dates and more information.
Spielmannszug MN is a German Karneval (also know as Fasching or Mardi Gras) organization based in the Twin Cities whose mission is to preserve and promote the Rheinland celebration of the Karneval Season in Minnesota. All are welcome to join. For upcoming events, meeting dates and more information, check out their website.
Twin Cities Männerchor
The Männerchor is a four-part men's chorus that performs during the holidays and at special events around the Twin Cities during the rest of the year. Repertoire includes folk songs, traditional hymns, and Christmas carols that celebrate German heritage. While German language skills are not required, they may help with pronunciation. For rehearsal dates and more information, email Bill Berg or at 651-437-6650.
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