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Germanic-American Institute

301 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102 | St. Paul (Downtown) | 651-222-7027
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    This weekend, the Germanic-American Institute will be getting in on the St. Paul Winter Carnival fun with its day-long, annual Winterfest celebration. The day starts out with an outdoor tent...
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    This weekend, the Germanic-American Institute will be celebrating German culture in an epic, five-part celebration. Events kick off Saturday morning at 8 a.m. with the Lederhosenlauf 5K...
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    Event organizers have dubbed this two-day celebration "Oktoberfest in June." That seems pretty fair, given the slew of German-themed activities planned for the weekend. The event kicks off 8...
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    This Saturday, the Germanic-American Institute invites folks to enjoy wintertime with two shindigs. The day kicks off with a family-friendly tent party from 3 to 7 p.m. Revelers will be...
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    Now that we're past Thanksgiving, it's time to shop for Christmas. Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities to do so without entering a mall. As an added bonus, this holiday open house...

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The Germanic-American Institute’s predecessor, the Volksfest Association of Minnesota, was formed in 1957 as a collaborative group of Germanic clubs, celebrating Minnesota’s statehood centennial in public festivities. By selling bonds and a variety of volunteer fundraising efforts, the organization purchased the Summit Avenue Haus for $60,000 in 1965, and refurbished it to suit the needs of a Kulturhaus for social and cultural gatherings. In the early 1990s, the organization changed its name to the Germanic-American Institute (GAI) to reflect the changing demographics and focus of the organization.

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