Herzlich Willkommen beim
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.
GAI auf einen Blick
- authorizer of the Twin Cities German Immersion School
- a community dedicated to preserving our roots while looking to the
future by offering:
- a language school for adults and children
- Kinderstube German immersion preschool
- cultural programming throughout the year
- fun monthly membership gatherings
We invite you to come be part of our ever-growing community.
Nikolaustag & Holiday Open Haus
Sunday, December 8, 11am-4pm*
Free and open to the public!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the GAI! The Haus will be decorated for the holiday season for your enjoyment. Local vendors selling German Christmas gift items, including German Specialty Imports, Evelyn's Bunzlau Polish Pottery, Northern Traders, and Amber Jewelry will be available, as well as German food vendors, such as Aki's Backstube and Deutschland Meats. Come learn more about the GAI's programs and partners and enjoy model trains, freshly grilled bratwurst, soup, gingerbread, Glühwein, and more!
St. Nikolaus will be available from 11am-3pm to visit with children in the ballroom. Visit includes a free Adventskalendar (while supplies last). Families interested in our German Immersion Preschool are invited to stop by Kinderstube from 11-4pm for their Open House (located in the carriage house). Take a tour, meet the teachers, gather information about language immersion, or just partake in a seasonal craft, music, and toys!
*In case of inclement weather, please call the GAI office or check the website/Facebook page for event status.
Community Christmas Dinner & Program **SOLD OUT**
Saturday, December 14, 5-9pm
$25 GAI members, $30 non-members, $10 children
Ratskeller Opens: 4:30pm
Christmas Program: 5pm
Sing Along: 8:30pm
This year's Christmas program will include performances by the Twin Cities Männerchor, the Volksfest Singers, and a reading of the Christmas story. The menu for dinner includes traditional beef Rouladen (beef roll-ups with brown gravy), Haussuppe (homemade soup), red cabbage, Spätzle, and dessert. After dinner the Twin Cities Männerchor will lead a community sing-along.
We are currently SOLD OUT for 2013. If you would like to get on the waiting list, please contact the GAI office via email or at 651.222.7027. We will need the names of everyone in your party for membership verification. Please note that once purchased, all tickets are non-refundable.