A SHORT HISTORY
OF CLARKSVILLE SISTER CITIES
- December, 1997
Trish White and Lynn Lewis met regarding their interest
in securing a sister city relationship between Clarksville
and a town in another country. Town Council support was secured
and membership was established in Sister
Cities International. Lynn and Trish traveled
to Louisville to consult with the director of the Louisville
Sister Cities program. A mailing was sent to local businesses,
organizations and clubs inviting representatives to an organizational
- May, 1997
attended the first meeting. Town Council President John Minta
attended to show the support of the Town Council. The committee
began the study of what connections might already exist that could
be capitalized upon in our search for an appropriate sister city.
within our community with international markets, offices, plants
of Louisville's sister cities that might enjoy a relationship
- A regional
- The Sister
Cities International list of cities looking for partners
1997 - May, 1998
above initiatives fail, the group studied characteristics of our
own community that might lead us in a particular direction as
we sought a sister city relationship. These included:
- The level
of foreign language support within our community
commonalties to be sought for
of the Louisville Sister Cities Director
of these and other issues, the committee determined to seek an
English-speaking community, similar in size to Clarksville,
that sports some features in common with our community. Next the
committee determined what we had to offer as a sister city and
created a letter indicating these characteristics.
1998 - May, 1999
used research resources to find towns of the above description
that were not twinned with an American city or town. Communication
was then attempted with those communities. The following communities
indicated that they had no interest in twinning discussion with
communities began consultation, then later declined.
Campden, Gloucestershire, England
- St. Neots,
communities continued in conversation with us and have formed
Mowbray, Leicestershire, England
1999- August, 1999
continuation of Town Council support
conversations via e mail and postal service with the involved
a box of information materials about Clarksville and
sent it to the cities that responded.
what had been created with our community and doubled our board
1999 - June 2000
in conversation with Melton Mowbray and Bewdley.
planning a trip to visit each of these communities.
Town Council budgetary support
corporate support through the founding member program
sharing our program through presentations at local clubs and
interest group meetings.
the support of Clarksville Community Schools, Clarksville
Branch Library, Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce,
Clarksville Rotary Club, Clarksville Kiwanis Club,
Southern Indiana Convention and Tourism Bureau,
Indiana University Southeast.
2000 - June 2001
citizens traveled to Melton and Bewdley to establish
- Two Melton
Mowbray citizens visit Clarksville. A Christmas
meeting of the Clarksville Sister Cities membership is
held in conjunction with this visit.
High School participates in the Sister Cities International
Branch Library becomes a Sister Millennium Library
with the Melton Mowbray Library
History Professor Glen Carothers begins study of local residents
stationed at Camp Bewdley during World War II.
and Melton Rotary Clubs exchange banners.
Sister Cities publishes its first semi-annual newsletter
- The CSCA
constitution is created.
participates in the IUS International Festival
- Work begins
on a CSCA display for the Town Hall
plans its first official annual meeting of the general membership
January - December 2002
- Created a Clarksville
Sister Cities web site that is linked to the Town of Clarksville sit
- Participated in
the "fringe" activities of the Clarksville Lewis & Clark
Festival, selling hot cider and sharing our Sister Cities activities
with those who visited
- Facilitated the
building of show cases in the Town Hall to share the story of Sister
Cities and to spotlight the Clarksville Historical Society
- Hosted Elizabeth
Brent, our friend from Melton Mowbray
at the Indiana University Southeast International Fair, sharing our
activities with those who attended and giving away a free membership
to one of the entrees in our British/American translation quiz
- Sponsored the
Sister Cities Art Competition "No Borders, No Fences
Friends" for students at Clarksville High School, sending Chrissie
Lewis winning entry to the International Sister Cities competition
- Established membership
for Clarksville Sister Cities in the Melton and Oakham Waterway Society
in support of our friendship town, Melton Mowbray
- Created a quilt
depicting Clarksville history and our Sister Cities friendship links.
The hope is for the quilt to be part of our support of the Lewis &
Clark Bicentennial celebration, and for it to be shared with local schools
before being displayed in the atrium of the Town Hall
- Working on completion
of an official, and innovative, three-way Friendship Link with the communities
of Bewdley and Melton Mowbray in England
- Beginning the
process of looking for Sister Cities link in a country on the continent
of Europe. We received research help from the French II class at Clarksville
High School under the guidance of Clare Burkhart
January - December
- Established formal
Friendship Link with Bewdley.
- Hosted nine visitors
from Bewdley for a week-long visit in May.
- Visited by Mayor
of Bewdley, Frank Baillie, and his wife, Mavis, in June.
- Began work on
student exchange program and other efforts to encourage student interest
- Continued efforts
to find another European partner. Received research help from IUS Political
Science class for this search.
- Sponsored Sister
Cities International Art Competition.
- Began plans for
return trip to Bewdley in September 2004.