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Sister City - Sondershausen, Germany
Sondershausen, Germany is known as the "Musik und Bergstadt" of Thueringen and the capitol of the Kyffhaeuser County. It is a quaint, picturesque city with a rich history in music and the performing arts. Sondershausen was part of the former “East Germany” where much of the architecture and structures were preserved throughout the second World War. It is located approximately 262 km east slightly south of Frankfurt.
In 1956, the “People-to-People” program was established under President Eisenhower’s administration. It was hoped that by connecting people from different countries; greater understanding for each other’s culture would promote world peace and reduce conflict. Since its inception, over 675 communities in the United States have been linked with counterparts all over the world. Known as Sister Cities, each community is paired based on similar population, geographical likeness, industry, and interests.
Agreements were signed by corresponding mayors of each municipality and the Sister City relationship was official sanctioned. Since then, numerous delegations visited back and forth. Most notably a soccer team from Sondershausen came to visit Rolla and competed in our of our tournaments.
During each of the visits relationships were built and understanding was cemented. While a high tax base in Germany helps to fund their delegation, no such provision is made in Rolla. The delegations that travel to Germany do so through their own means and through fundraisers sponsored by the Rolla Area Sister City Association. The Sister Cities Committee has organized various fundraisers to support our local delegations.
For those who have roots in Germany, have lived or traveled there, or have a heart for strengthening international relationships, the Sister City Program is open to anyone who is interested. They meet at the Public House Brewing Company on Rolla Street on the third Tuesday of each month. Stop in for a beer and Stammtisch (great conversation).
For more information about the group and how you can participate, call Kay DuBois at 573-364-4987.