Enjoy fellowship with other people with similar interests, establish contacts in the German-American community, and have the opportunity to learn about German-American history.

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November 1st “German Language Death Knell: Archbishop Ireland’s Faribault Plan”

Intriguing Topic-Archbishop Irland of St. Paul initiated a system of renting the Catholic Schools of Faribault to the Public School District in order to prevent schools from operating in the German language.

October 4th==FEISTY LYDIA, MEMORIES OF A GERMAN WAR BRIDE

Presenter and Author:  Edna Thayer

This is the personal story of Lydia Ross from Neuötting, Germany (en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki.Neuötting), who survived World War II in her hometown and country to travel with her young son aboard a American troop ship in 1949.  Joining her husband in America, Lydia struggles to overcome the challenges of life in a new country making a home in Elysian, Minnesota.

OBERAMMERGAU

September 6th GAFA is returning from it’s summer break with Keynote Speaker Margie Deutsch with her presentation of her travels and experiences in Oberammergau where every 10 years this town of 5,000 puts on their famous Passion Play since 1634.  Her presentation will include photos and a Power Point presentation.  See you at 8PM!