National Library Week Director's Event: Local Historian Grace Shackman Discusses Why Is Tubingen Our Sister City?

This event was held on April 14, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Each year, Library Director Josie Barnes Parker chooses a current topic of interest as the director’s program for National Library Week. This year’s event features local historian Grace Shackman who will examine the relationship of Ann Arbor and its German sister city, Tübingen. Grace will explain Ann Arbor’s historically strong German roots and discuss why a sister city pact with Tübingen made sense – it is a university town in the southern part of Germany where most of Ann Arbor’s Germans came from. Tübingen is even as near to Stuttgart (where most of Germany’s cars are made) as we are to Detroit. Since 1965, Tübingen and Ann Arbor citizens have lived in each other’s homes, traveled together, celebrated achievements, and mourned losses together. Today Ann Arbor has seven sister cities and Tübingen has eight, but they continue to be each other’s only American-European partner. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Ann Arbor - Tübingen Sister City Relationship.

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