Vincennes embraces students from Germany in “Sister Cities” program

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You probably wouldn’t think that a city in the Wabash Valley has much in common with a city in Europe, but actually there’s a connection that dates back to the 1990s.

That’s when the town Wasserburg in Germany started a student exchange program with Vincennes.  The two are known as sister cities. The program allows students from Germany to come to Vincennes and learn more of the rich history indiana’s first city has to offer. Sixteen Wasserburg students received their honorary citizenship at Vincennes common county council meeting tonight.

“Its great. I know they come here every year and they seem to enjoy their visits. And they take back some good memories of Vincennes. They enjoy going around town seeing the historic sites because Germany, of course, is a very very old country. And they see a lot of comparisons here in Vincennes with a lot of good history. So I think they really enjoy- we really enjoy having them here,” executive director of Sister Cities program Dan Ravellette said.

The German students will be in Vincennes for two weeks. Next year students from Vincennes will visit one of their sister cities either in Germany or in France.

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