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
Each year, Library Director Josie Barnes Parker chooses a current topic of interest as the directorâ€™s program for National Library Week. This yearâ€™s event features local historian Grace Shackman who will examine the relationship of Ann Arbor and its German sister city, TÃ¼bingen. Grace will explain Ann Arborâ€™s historically strong German roots and discuss why a sister city pact with TÃ¼bingen made sense â€“ it is a university town in the southern part of Germany where most of Ann Arborâ€™s Germans came from. TÃ¼bingen is even as near to Stuttgart (where most of Germanyâ€™s cars are made) as we are to Detroit. Since 1965, TÃ¼bingen and Ann Arbor citizens have lived in each otherâ€™s homes, traveled together, celebrated achievements, and mourned losses together. Today Ann Arbor has seven sister cities and TÃ¼bingen has eight, but they continue to be each otherâ€™s only American-European partner. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Ann Arbor - TÃ¼bingen Sister City Relationship.