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German delegation visits to celebrate sister-city milestone

A delegation from Eutin, Germany is in Lawrence to celebrate a two-decade old international partnership.

October 2, 2009

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Members of a delegation from Eutin, Germany, sister city to Lawrence, pick out art pins created by teens employed at Van Go Mobile Arts, Seventh and New Jersey streets, during a visit to the center Thursday. From left are Hella Scheewe, Marion Vollertsen and Anke Ditscher. The delegation’s visit to Lawrence is in celebration of the 20-year anniversary of the sister city relationship between Eutin and Lawrence.

Members of a delegation from Eutin, Germany, sister city to Lawrence, pick out art pins created by teens employed at Van Go Mobile Arts, Seventh and New Jersey streets, during a visit to the center Thursday. From left are Hella Scheewe, Marion Vollertsen and Anke Ditscher. The delegation’s visit to Lawrence is in celebration of the 20-year anniversary of the sister city relationship between Eutin and Lawrence.

Twenty years have passed since Eutin, Germany, became Lawrence’s sister city, and now a delegation of Eutin residents is here to celebrate the partnership.

“It is 20 years of celebration,” Eutin delegate Martin Vollertsen said, “and we enjoy a wonderful prepared program. We are very happy to be here.”

The 12 delegates toured several social service organizations on Thursday, including Van Go Mobile Arts. They will see Lawrence High School, Free State High School, and Bishop Seabury Academy today, and delegates will tour Tallgrass Prairie Reserve on Saturday.

Bill Keel, Lawrence’s Sister City Advisory Board chair, praised the sisterhood’s student exchange program for increasing international awareness.

“We grew up in the middle of the United States,” Keel said, “and it’s important for us to sort of get out of our own skins and to see how another people live.”

Eutin, Germany, remembers the fall of the Berlin Wall in addition to its 20 years as Lawrence’s sister city. The wall fell in November 1989, a week after Lawrence and Eutin became siblings. This adds more significance to the delegation’s visit.

“We signed the sister city agreement at the end of October,” Keel said. “About a week later, the Berlin Wall opened up, so we’ve had 20 years of both experiencing the friendships of Eutin but also watching Germany change as it takes on its eastern states from the former East Germany.”

Lawrence is also a sister city to Hiratsuka, Japan. And there’s a possibility the city might get a third. A delegation for Iniades, Greece, arrives in Lawrence later this month to see whether there is support for another sister city.

Comments

BigPrune 5 years, 2 months ago

Does this mean a reciprocal visit by our local officials in the near future on the taxpayers' dime? What is it exactly that our cities exchange other than pleasantries?

Professor_Marvel 5 years, 2 months ago

Nope BigPrune. When Lawrence citizens participate in these exchanges, they are on their own dime. Likewise, the Eutin people are here at their own expense. But you will be pleased to know they are spending their Euros in Lawrence to increase your tax receipts.

Likewise, the hundreds of students who participate in these exchanges pay their own way. Likewise, for other the exchanges, like the various artists, the Lawrence Childrens Choir, the Lawrence Civic Choir, the banking interns, etc etc.

The same goes for the Eutin students currently attending Free State High and Lawrence High.

There is also a Guitar Orchestra from Eutin currently in town. They are giving a concert at the Lawrence Arts Center on October 11. They visited Lawrence once before, while on a national tour, two years ago.

Go ahead and climb back into your insular hole now.

BigPrune 5 years, 2 months ago

Wasn't the last official visit from Lawrence to Eutin on the taxpayers' dime?

Why the hatred in your tone? Lawrence used to be a friendly town. Are you one of those outsiders that ruined our community?

Professor_Marvel 5 years, 2 months ago

BigPrune: "Wasn't the last official visit from Lawrence to Eutin on the taxpayers' dime?"

Nope. Can't you read?

Gareth Skarka 5 years, 2 months ago

BigPrune, like most Conservatards, doesn't like "Furrners."

Insular, provincial, backwater hayseeds -- that's the Conservatard dream of "Real America."

ferrislives 5 years, 2 months ago

Conservatards! No matter which side you're on, that's funny!

BigPrune 5 years, 2 months ago

The Professor isn't so smart after all, and neither are the supporters of his reply. READ IT AND WEEP dingbats http://www2.ljworld.com/news/1990/jul/25/sister_cities_trips_come/?more_like_this

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

I generally support the sister-city concept, but Eutin and Hiratsuka are probably more similar to Lawrence than they are different. Middle and upper-class parents can send their kids there without worrying that they'll be exposed to any of the potentially dangerous third-world conditions that the majority of the world lives in.

puddleglum 5 years, 2 months ago

hey WWII was kinda fun, and nobody that is alive today got killed, so who cares? now our military has the same helmets as the wehrmacht used to. ironic, huh?

I wish we lost the war, then we could all be driving kubelwagens. bummer.

boltzmann 5 years, 2 months ago

BigPrune (Anonymous) says… The Professor isn't so smart after all, and neither are the supporters of his reply. read it and weep dingbats http://www2.ljworld.com/news/1990/jul…"

Are you really asserting that the last official visit from Lawrence to Eutin was in 1990?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

"Are you really asserting that the last official visit from Lawrence to Eutin was in 1990?"

Mayor Highberger's airfare was covered by the city when he went 4 years ago.

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