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Commemorate the Armistice on Victory Memorial Drive

26 Oct

Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities invites you to join us along Victory Memorial Drive on Sunday, November 11, to recognize Veterans Day and the centennial of the World War I armistice. Tours played an important role in the epic conflict once known as “The Great War” by serving as a supply base for the United States army. The Armistice Day program, beginning at 10 a.m., will feature prominent speakers on the war’s local history, musician Robert Robinson and a moment of silence. Weather permitting, the flagpole will cast a shadow on the plaza around 11 a.m. To learn more about this event, please visit 


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

19 Oct

Help us strengthen ties between Minnesotans and others around the world by donating to Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities! 

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.

Continue reading below to learn more about the success we have had in the past year including an urban sketcher exchange, welcoming a deputy mayor from Tours at the opening of a World War I exhibit in downtown Minneapolis and celebrating Sister Cities Day with a visit from the president of Tours ‘n Minneapolis, our partner organization in France.

Our work is not done – help us move our organization forward by contributing to Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities on Give to the Max Day, Thursday, November 15. Current and upcoming projects include youth soccer and choir exchanges as well as a visit to Tours in 2019 to explore common opportunities in areas such as sustainability and urban planning.

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

Join Us for Sister Cities Day 2018!

29 Jun

Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities invite you to join us for the 11th annual Sister Cities Day Celebration, an event highlighting our city’s global connections, Sunday, July 22 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!)

Visit the official website of Meet Minneapolis to learn more. Hope to see you there!

Urban Sketchers Visit Tours

15 Jun

Minneapolis resident Cris Franchevich sends this report about visiting our sister city in France as part of an urban sketchers exchange:

As part of the Sister Cities program, a group of five Minneapolis artists went to Tours, France the first week of June to sketch the city landscape: Kathleen Fenske, Julie Baugnet, Cris Franchevich, C.B. Sherlock and Richard Stephens.

The group had the opportunity to draw with the French chapter of the Urban Sketchers – an all-volunteer nonprofit group dedicated on-location drawing and received enormous support from the local community, drawing together in the large network of pedestrian-friendly streets, bike lanes and plenty of public spaces with plazas and squares, presenting itself the perfect field to practice observational drawing and community-engaged art.

We embraced the Urban Sketchers idea to reclaim the city as a place for gathering, to meet the occupants and encourage connections in the community, to see the city with the eyes of a “flaneur”, a word in French meaning a wanderer, vagrant or explorer using observational drawing as a language to capture impressions.

We are very grateful to the community for the warmth and hospitality and the opportunity to tighten ties between the two cities.

Learn more about urban sketchers and see more images by visiting the website of Tours-Minneapolis or read an article about the group’s visit in La Nouvelle Republique.

Minnesota’s World War I posters return from France for show at Weisman

18 May

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

After debuting in our sister city last year during the Foire de Tours, nearly 50 historic World War I posters from the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis will be on display to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice. “Fight or Buy Bonds,” running from June 9 – September 9, features American propaganda posters produced to rally the people and help support “the Great War.” This is just one of the beautiful images you will see! For more information, please visit the Weisman’s website.

New Minnesota Exhibit Showcases Tours During World War I

5 Apr

Minneapolis’s sister city relationship with Tours will be taking center stage in downtown Minneapolis from April 3 – May 30 as a new exhibit Les Américains à Tours 1917-1919 will pay tribute to the Americans stationed in Tours during World War I. At the Hennepin Gallery (lower level exhibit space in the Hennepin County Government Center), visitors will be able to learn about how our sister city became a United States supply base during the epic conflict once known as “The Great War.” This exhibit, created by the city of Tours to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, was first displayed last year in France when Minnesota was selected to be the featured guest at the Foire de Tours. It has been translated into English for its North American debut this spring! For more information, please visit the Hennepin County website.

Happy New Year from Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities!

1 Jan
Tours photo

Tours City Hall captures the spirit of the season

In 2017, 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. In 2018, we hope to build on the success of this immense project and invite you to join us in the many interesting and fun projects we are planning for the new year.

A highlight will include commemorating the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice with our friends from across the ocean. Enter your email address in the box on the right or like us on Facebook to receive updates on upcoming events such as an exhibit at the Weisman Art Museum featuring World War I era posters that were displayed in Tours in 2017.

Our friends in Tours also started their own citizens group in 2017. Please visit their website or like them on Facebook to learn more about their plans for 2018! (Nos amis de Tours ont également créé leur propre groupe de citoyens en 2017. S’il vous plaît visitez leur site Web ou les aimer sur Facebook pour en savoir plus sur leurs plans pour 2018!)

Bonne Année! 

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