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VIDEO: Sister city partnership with German city to be formalized tonight

UPDATE: Here’s a video from the council meeting of the mayor and the lord mayor formalizing the agreement.



After a few years of discussions and trips back and forth between Germany and the United States, Fredericksburg officials will formalize its sister city relationship with Schwetzingen, Germany at tonight’s City Council meeting.

Last year, a group from the city traveled to Schwetzingen, which is very similar to Fredericksburg. Nancy Moore, one of the travelers, describes her trip here. 

There will be 26 German visitors in town all week and there will be several events in their honor.

Last night, there was a welcome reception held at the Olde Silk Mill, where they are staying. Tonight, Lord Mayor Rene Poltl and others will be at the City Council meeting for a ceremony for the signing of the proclamation. After the meeting, they’ll gather at Capital Ale House. On Wednesday, there will be a gala for sister city friends and guests.

Here, you can read Kelly Hannon’s story about another trip that a delegation of 22 from Schwetzingen made to Fredericksburg.

The German visitors brought with them a gift to Fredericksburg–a 13 x 7 foot model of the Battle of Fredericksburg. The piece was part of an American History display in the Schwetzingen city museum. It has 3,000 hand-painted tin soldiers.

In Fredericksburg, it will be in Gallery 915. Beginning Friday, the exhibit will be open to the public.

Here’s when you can go see it:

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays

10 a.m.-5p.m. Saturdays

Noon-5 p.m. Sundays