Beyond Good and Evil

Join Course Moderator Mike Haas on a 16 week study/discussion of Germans and Germany during the Third Reich,1933-1945. Starting 1 October. Thursdays 7 - 9 PM


10/27/20 Virtual Event: The Voyages of Our German Immigrants 



Learn how to make traditional German inspired dishes. Our popular cooking classes are held monthly. Get hands-on experience, generous tasting, recipes and a free drink with each course!

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Everyone is welcome to join us for our monthly Open Haus! Our Skyline Lounge is open the 3rd Friday of each month. Come join us for drinks, food, and fun! Doors open at 7:30 PM. Bring a friend!



Join our magic class and learn two tricks from Magic Dave, Professional Magician from Ash's Magic Shop. Suitable for ages 7 - 107.



Free Zoom tutorial class for seniors teaches the basics for navigating this new technology. All are welcome to join!

Virtual Garden Series

Join us Saturday Mornings at 9:00 AM for our three part mini gardening series with Kasey Eaves on Facebook Live. 

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The Germanic Origins of the English Language:

Learn how influences from the 5th century have shaped modern English, with Mike Haas. Thurs, May 14 at 7:00pm

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We moved our Kaffeeklatsch to Wednesday night from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Facebook Live.  Deutsch üben und neue Freunde finden.

Now Facebook Live!

Parent Café

Are you raising bilingual or multilingual children? Parent Café is a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas, resources and form new friends with other parents of multilingual children.

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Virtual Maifest 

DANK Haus is hosting a Virtual Maifest where we can still celebrate our German culture and traditions! We anticipate a weekend filled with a variety of events.

Virtual BINGO!

Join us Wed. May 13th  for a fun filled evening and play this game of chance. 50% of the pot will go to DANK Haus and 50% will be divided up as game prizes. Buy as many cards as you like to increase your odds!


Kaffee, Kuchen

& Kino

We can't wait to return to our Saturday morning Heimat German movies from the 40's, 50's and 60's. Until then, please stay safe!


Come to the Haus and enjoy local and international musicians and performers. Our concert series feature a wide array of styles and genres. Concerts are free and open to the public .

Concert Schedule


Our signature indoor Oktoberfest is held annually on the third Friday of Oktober in our historic Marunde Ballroom. Try your luck at the stein holding contest. You may go home with our coveted raffle prize, the now infamous"barrel of booze"! Bring friends and introduce them to a dose of German Gastfreundschaft!


Elvis is in the Haus!

Join us in person or online for a LIVE performance of Michael St. Angel as Elvis Presley. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8:00 pm

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German Day 2020

(Food Sales Are Closed!) Celebrate German heritage safely  this fall. Order your favorite food to pick up curbside at the DANK Haus on Saturday,  September 12 (12 - 5 PM). Support your neighborhood community cultural center!

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Upcoming events

    • Thursday, October 01, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Thursday, February 18, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (CST)
    • DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

    Beyond Good and Evil: to Götterdämmerung in the Third Reich, 1933/1945

    Join us in 16-week class as we explore the impact of the Nazi Party on German citizens, a people once considered among the most learned in Europe, as they found themselves caught in the undertow of a diabolical riptide of moral darkness and depravity which defined and culminated in the Holocaust.

    Course moderator Mike Haas explains the significant historical events which brought the  Nazis to power in 1933 and then leads us through this darkest chapter of German history until Third Reich's complete and utter destruction in 1945.

    As noted by Peter Fritsche in Life and Death in the Third Reich (2008):

    “Many Germans despised the Nazis though they made compromises along the way. Yet most people identified with the Third Reich, and most believed that the Nazis had healed the wounds of German history. At the end of the war, it was very difficult for Germans to come to grips with their initial political desire for the Nazis and their later feelings of betrayal or to evaluate the parts they and their fellow citizens played in the construction of the racial community and in the pursuit of war and genocide or even to recognize the fundamental, revolutionary aims of National Socialism. Postwar debates and discussions preoccupied families for decades and spilled over from one generation to the next.”

    A discussion that not only continues to this day but will be of primary concern in this course. 

    Please note:

    Due to social distancing, the in person course will be limited to the number of students that are allowed at the time of the start of the course on October 1, 2020. Class seats will be filled on a first come first served basis. Students that wish to take the course online will be given a login for the course 24 hours or more, prior to the first class. The class will have 16 sessions. There are 18 sessions on the calendar as two of the dates are reserved for make up dates in the event of foul weather or mandated closures that could be out of our control. In the event that the course is converted to 100% online, the difference in the course fee will be applied to another event at the DANK Haus, refunded or you may elect to donate at the time of any such changes should arise. We are excited to have this course continue and will provide a safe learning environment for all students. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


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