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.
Herbstfest Heuriger: a celebration of Austrian food & wine
Friday, September 19, 6-9pm
Join us in saying, "Wiederschauen" to summer and a hearty, "Grüß Gott" to fall at our first ever Herbstfest celebration! Inspired by Austria's beloved outdoor wine gardens (Heurigen), we will be featuring authentic Austrian specialities and wines for your enjoyment. Complete with live music from Vienna Community Arts and enhanced Summit Avenue ambiance, you can experience the very best of Viennese Gemütlichkeit without leaving Minnesota.
This event is co-produced by the German American Heritage Foundation.
Walled-In: A West Berlin Girls' Journey to Freedom
Wednesday, September 10, 7pm
Free and open to the public
Join author J. Elke Ertle for a discussion of her riveting recounting of growing up in post-World War II West Berlin. Through food shortages and the Berlin Airlift, the construction of the Berlin Wall, and John F. Kennedy's Ich bin ein Berliner speech, Ertle interweaves global events with her personal story of a strict but happy childhood. Click here to read more about Ertle's book, Walled-In.
This event is the first installment of our Fall Culture Series.