The view of the Mississippi River attendees had at the Nicollet Island Pavilion reception during the Sister Cities International conference.
Thank you to everyone who contributed their time to help Minneapolis make a great impression on visitors from around the world in hosting the 2015 Sister Cities International Conference in July. For a recap of this opportunity to expand our global partnerships, read Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities board member Sarah Johnson’s blog or like us on Facebook to view our photo gallery!
Even President Barack Obama is a fan of sister cities: “The increasing interconnectivity of nations in today’s global economy underscores the need for robust partnerships between communities around the world. Organizations like Sister Cities International foster such relationships, increasing mutual knowledge and understanding between cities and cultures. These collaborations promote trust among citizens and nations, create opportunities for technological and economic innovation and development, and lay the foundation for continued peace and prosperity.”
Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities invite you to join us for the eighth annual Sister Cities Celebration, an event highlighting our city’s global connections, Sunday, July 19 from 1-5 p.m. at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis. This free family friendly afternoon includes refreshments, live entertainment and the opportunity to learn more about our city’s twelve sister cities. (And yes, it is air conditioned!)
Learn more about the event by visiting the official website of Meet Minneapolis or about our French sister cities relationship or help us by downloading and distributing the Sister Cities Day Flyer.
Hope to see you there!
Interested in learning more about sister cities around the world? Register now for the 59th Annual Sister Cities International Conference, held this summer in Minneapolis from July 16-18!
You can attend workshops ranging from sports diplomacy to trade delegations, meet members from the U.S. Department of State and the Foreign Diplomatic Corps, learn from members of other sister cities and more.
To register or learn more, visit the Sister Cities International website.
Minnesota will be the guest of honor at the 2017 Foire de Tours, in Tours, France, an event similar to our State Fair. The Foire de Tours hosts about 300,000 visitors annually with more than 700 exhibitors, as well as concerts, entertainment, gourmet foods, demonstrations and more.
Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities is looking for volunteers to help plan and execute this event in 2017! We also need businesses interested in showing their products at the 2017 Foire de Tours. Learn more about the Foire de Tours or opportunities to become involved in this fun event.
Tours City Hall captures the spirit of the season
We invite you to join us and get involved in the many interesting and fun projects we have planned for 2015 to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the sister cities of Minneapolis and Tours (France). We are especially excited about the upcoming “Year of America” in Tours, planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Americans in World War I in 1917.
We will be planning cultural exchanges and events (music, film, theater, painting, photography…) and cultivating business relationships as the featured guest in the 2017 Foire de Tours. There will be opportunities to help staff the booth and plan the many events. We hope you will visit the volunteer page on our website to learn more about opportunities, events and celebrations throughout the new year.
The Thanksgiving Menu in Tours during World War I in 1918 included turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, along with the appropriately named “Armistice Punch.”
This Thanksgiving, Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities is very thankful for everyone who donated to our organization on Give to the Max Day! With your help, we can continue building bridges and increase cultural understanding between our two great communities throughout 2015. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers, we rely solely on the donations of individuals like you to help fulfill our mission.
If you did not get a chance to donate on Give to the Max Day, it’s not too late! Simply click on the green “donate” button to the right and you can securely make a payment through PayPal. We are also looking for volunteers who are interested in reaching across the ocean to help reinforce the bonds of friendship between Minneapolis and Tours.
Help us strengthen ties between Minnesotans and others around the world by donating to Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities on Give to the Max Day – Thursday, November 13!
For nearly a quarter century, Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities has reached across the ocean to engage young and old and reinforce the bonds of friendship with Minnesotans and residents of this French city located an hour southwest of Paris.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers, we rely solely on the donations of individuals like you to help fulfill our mission of enhancing cultural understanding and promoting economic development between these two cities. Did you know “En Avant” (French for “forward”) is the motto of Minneapolis? Help us move our organization forward by contributing to Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities this Thursday, November 13, on Give to the Max Day!
Please visit our donation page on Give.mn to learn more about our accomplishments over the past year that make your gift count! All contributions are 100% tax deductible. Thank you to all of our donors for your ongoing support.