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2014 Anchor Events

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All events subject to change or cancellation due to weather.


Spring Culture Series

January 23
Dr. Amy K. Hamlin: Max Beckmann (Art History)

February 27 & 28
Dr. Joachim "Yogi" Reppmann: 1848ers (History)

March 7
Bergen Baker: Mozart & The Magic Flute (Music History)

April 9
Dr. Rick Mc Cormick: Weimar Germany (History)

April 24
Dr. Heino Beckmann: The Current State of Germany & Economic Challenges (Current Events)

Featured Events

Thursday, April 24, 7-8:30pm
Free and open to the public

German, US, and EU flags

We are pleased to have Dr. Heino Beckmann join us for the final installment of our Spring Culture Series.

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, Germany has experienced profound change. The social and economic benefits of the social market economy were extended to the people in East Germany. The adoption of the Euro deepened European integration and may augur a two-tier Europe. The economic power of Germany has raised both hopes and fears in European capitals. Solutions to the economic crises in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland and elsewhere depend in large part on German assistance. A consequence of the strengthened political and economic role of Germany in Europe is her growing responsibility in global affairs. The transatlantic partnership, a cornerstone of German security and foreign policy, faces challenges at home and abroad.

Dr. Heino Beckmann, Professor Emeritus of Finance at the University of Saint Thomas, served as Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1996 to 2010.


Polka & Pils Dance Classes

German polka

Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm
May 21, 28, and June 4

GAI Members:
$25 individuals, $40 couples
$30 individuals, $50 couples

With the GAI's Deutsche Tage just around the corner, now is the perfect time to finally learn how to polka! After the success of our Waltzing & Wine class in January, the GAI presents Polka & Pils this spring. Kick up your heels in the GAI ballroom and get in touch with your inner Polkameister. Classes will be taught by Jimi Jimi Jimi, known locally as "The Polka Dancing Pirate." Familiar with the many styles, musicians, and the history of the dance, Jimi is always looking for people who simply want to dance and have a good time.

Registration includes 3 sessions, plus a complimentary glass of beer each night. Dance instruction will take place at 7 with open dancing to follow. Registration is available online or by calling the office at 651.222.7027.


Polka & Pils Dance Party featuring The Brass Barn Polka Band

Brass Barn Polka Band

Thursday, June 12
at The Klub Haus
1079 Rice Street, St. Paul

$5 cover
Free to Deutsche Tage personal sponsors

The GAI will partner with the German-American Heritage Foundation on Thursday, June 12 to host an evening of polka dancing with live music from The Brass Barn Polka Band at The Klub Haus on Rice Street.

Whether you're taking the Polka & Pils dance class or just want to enjoy a lively night of music and dance with your friends, don't miss the fun!

Audiences rave, "Brass Barn Polka brings authentic polka sounds, rousing energy, and an enthusiastic crowd to every performance." We hope to see you there!


The GAI's Deutsche Tage

June 14-15
Free and open to the public

GAI's Deutsche Tage logo

It's the Great GERMAN Get-Together! Join us June 14-15, 2014 for Deutsche Tage at the Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul.

Both days feature authentic German food and 5 kinds of German beer on tap at the Paulaner Biergarten, as well as German musicians, dancers, and vendors. Activities will be ongoing all day, both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday begins with "Sport und Bier" with specials for participants in our 5K and for those who arrive by bicycle. The day will end with a 21+ after-hours dance party. Sunday is Family Day with kid-friendly games and activities throughout the day. Click here for the full spread of Deutsche Tage activities.


Ongoing Events

Stammtisch (German Luncheon)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
11:45am, $9 members and non-members


Join us the second Tuesday of each month for our German Stammtisch luncheon. Each month we serve a home cooked German meal, prepared by Helga Parnell and her group of volunteers.

We also provide cultural programming in German after the lunch, arranged by Evelyn Klein. This is a great opportunity for natives and non-natives to practice and maintain their German language skills while enjoying great food and Gemütlichkeit.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the GAI office by Friday, May 9th. Call 651.222.7027, extension 1, or email the GAI office. Regular attendees can also request to be added to the standing list at that time.


Kaffeestube European Breakfast Café

Saturdays, January 11 - April 26, 2014*
9-11am, $8 adults, $4 children


Head over to the GAI Saturday mornings and enjoy our European-style breakfast buffet with your friends and family! Frühstück includes German rolls, cheeses, cold cuts, eggs, spreads, and more! Members and non-members welcome.

The GAI Library will also be open during Kaffeestube. Check out a book or DVD or read the latest edition of Das Fenster.

*There will be no Kaffeestube on February 1.


Walpurgisnacht: the Springtime Halloween Photo Exhibit

Ongoing in April and May
Free and open to the public


Visit the second floor photo gallery at the GAI and learn about Walpurgisnacht, a Spring festival celebrated throughout northern and central Europe, which has a special flair in Germany.

According to legend, on Walpurgisnacht witches gather on the Hexentanzplatz bei Thale before riding off on their broomsticks to join with the devil. Common celebrations include bonfires and dancing. Like Halloween, the holiday is often characterized by trickery and pranks. More than 100,000 people participate in Walpurgisnacht festivities in the Harz region of Germany every April 30 -- exactly 6 months from Halloween.

This exhibit is part of a rotating gallery on the second floor of the Haus that will feature the culture of the German speaking countries, in addition to the historical photos regularly on display throughout the GAI.