Support Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities on Give to the Max Day!

22 Sep

Help us strengthen ties between Minnesotans and others around the world! 

For more than 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.

In May, we celebrated the biggest event in our 26 year history! An extensive exhibit showcasing Minnesota was successfully staged at the Foire de Tours in Tours, France, an event similar to our state fair. A delegation of nearly 100 from the North Star state engaged with approximately 300,000 attendees to share highlights of our history and cultural heritage. We also celebrated the “Year of America” in Tours, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1917 United States establishment of a pilot training facility in Tours during World War I, and were honored to attend the opening of a poster exhibit at the Chateau de Tours featuring nearly 50 World War I posters on loan from the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis.

Our work is not done as we hope to build on the success of this immense project by continuing to work on strengthening the values that bind us together with others across the world. 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. Please visit our page on and consider a donation on Give to the Max Day – Thursday, November 16. 

All contributions are 100% tax deductible. Thank you to all of our donors for your ongoing support!


Star Tribune features Clara Osowski

22 Sep

Did you see the great article in the Star Tribune recently about Clara Osowski, a friend of Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities who has performed in Tours at the Académie Francis Poulenc? Félicitations Clara! To learn more about her travels in France with fellow artist Mark Bilyeu, read our two part blog about their trip:

Two Minneapolitans travel to Tours for a song

Two local artists share remembrances of Tours

Join Us for Sister Cities Day 2017!

28 Jun

Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities invite you to join us for the tenth annual Sister Cities Celebration, an event highlighting our city’s global connections, Sunday, July 16 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!)

This year’s event will feature a 3 p.m. performance by singer/songwriter Robert Everest, who recently performed at the Foire de Tours. Attendees will also be able to learn about the recent success of showcasing Minnesota in our sister city’s regional exhibition and hear more about the year of America in Tours, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the American arrival in France during World War I.

Want to help us spread the word? Download this flyer with all of our event information.

You can also visit the official website of Meet Minneapolis to learn more. Hope to see you there!

Minnesota Stars at the Foire de Tours!

26 May

The entrance to the Minnesota tent at the Foire de Tours

Nearly 100 Americans visited Tours earlier this month to take part in the Foire de Tours, a regional exhibition that featured all things Minnesotan to strengthen bonds with our French sister city and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American arrival during World War I. Read our blog to learn more or like us on Facebook to view photos from this historic visit!

Foire de Tours showcases Minnesota!

8 Apr

After years of planning, the time has come – Minnesota will be the featured guest at the Foire de Tours in our French sister city May 5-14! An exhibition similar to our state fair, the Foire highlights gastronomy, regional specialties, consumer products, live entertainment and more. Minnesota will have a dedicated exhibit space to showcase everything that makes the north star state unique including an eatery headed by award-winning chef Sean Sherman preparing indigenous foods and hometown favorites such as wild rice and walleye. Head to our blog for a Q&A with Sean and like us on Facebook to view photos from our exhibit!

Minnesota’s World War I Posters to be Shown in France

5 Mar
"Joan of Arc Saved France," from the collection of the Weisman Art Museum

“Joan of Arc Saved France,” from the collection of the Weisman Art Museum

Can’t make it to our sister city during the Foire de Tours? You can still experience a piece of Minnesota by visiting the Chateau de Tours from April 29 – June 8. 45 historic World War I posters from the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis will be on display to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American arrival in France during “the Great War.” This is just one of the beautiful images you will see!

Entre Amis – Tours Delegation Visits Minneapolis

5 Aug

CakeIn July, an eleven person delegation from Tours traveled to Minneapolis to celebrate our 25th anniversary as sister cities. You can read more about the visit on our blog or view photo galleries on our Facebook page. Thanks to everyone who helped make this week a success!

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