Gala Tubingen Sister City Celebration

This event was held on May 22, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This gala reception to welcome the official delegation of 27 citizens from Tubingen, Germany, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between the two cities. This public event will also feature elegant refreshments and music from the award-winning Community High School Jazz band. The event also highlights the Library's May photo exhibit, "Images of Tubingen.

Hosted by Library Director Josie Parker, the reception will also feature remarks by Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, Tubingen Lord Mayor Brigitte Russ-Scherer and other dignitaries.

Tubingen became Ann Arbor's first sister city in 1965 - the year this historic university town won the prestigious Europe Prize. But the relationship was as old as the waves of German settlers who came here in the 19th century from the region known as "Swabia" in southwest Germany. By the 1960s, high school teachers in both cities were arranging music exchanges.

Since 1965, the Tubingen and Ann Arbor citizens have lived in each other's homes, and traveled together at home and abroad for days or weeks at a time. Today, Ann Arbor has seven sister cities and Tubingen has eight, but they continue to be each other's only American-European partner.

The photo display "Images of Tubingen" will be on display in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room from April 16 through May 30. Yvonne Berardi, Alexander Gonschior, and Ulrich Metz - three of Tubingen's regional photographers - have captured the city's charm with these photographs. Ranging from grandiose panorama pictures to impressions of everyday life, they portray the city's beauty, and the beauty of living there.

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