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 2016 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. We will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of our partnership in 2016! Please 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. Due to the generosity of our donors, we raised almost $1,000! As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers, we rely solely on support from individuals to help fulfill our mission of enhancing cultural understanding between our two great communities.
We invite you to read more about opportunities to become involved in 2016 including planning for the Foire de Tours and our 25th anniversary celebration or check out our blog for highlights of the 59th annual Sister Cities International conference that was held in Minneapolis this summer.
Help us strengthen ties between Minnesotans and others around the world by donating to Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities!
For nearly a quarter century, we have reached across the ocean to engage young and old alike to reinforce the bonds of friendship with Minnesotans and residents of this French city located an hour southwest of Paris.
Visit our page on Give.mn to read about our upcoming projects including the 2017 Foire de Tours, which will showcase Minnesota at an exhibition in our sister city, plans to celebrate our 25th anniversary next year and more.
Help us move our organization forward by contributing to Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities on Give to the Max Day, Thursday, November 12. If you are not available that day, you can also schedule your gift any time between November 1-11 and your credit card will be charged on November 12.
All contributions are 100% tax deductible. Thank you to all of our donors for your ongoing support!
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.