Millstadt was honored by the Illinois Sister Cities Association as the “Sister City of the Year” at the Illinois Municipal League Conference on September 21, 2019. The award plaque was presented to Mayor Michael H. Todd by Sister Cities members at a recent Village Board meeting.
Many current residents of Millstadt can trace their ancestry to Gross-Bieberau, a small town in the State of Hessen, about 60 miles southeast of Frankfurt. After exchanging information and reciprocal visits, the two communities formalized a sister city partnership in October, 2000.
In 2001, annual Youth Ambassadors Exchanges began in which up to five Millstadt-area high school students travel to Gross-Bieberau and spend 4 weeks in host families with students of similar age. In turn, the German students arrive in late July for a month-long visit with their Millstadt exchange partners. As a result of the generous support of local residents, businesses, and civic organizations a total of 86 Millstadt students and 89 German students have participated so far in this Youth Ambassadors Exchange, and lasting friendships have developed between the Millstadt and German youth and their families.
This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Sister Cities members and the strong support of the Millstadt community. It also reflects the cooperation and efforts of Gross-Bieberau to sponsor cultural exchanges promoting mutual respect and understanding.
Membership meetings are currently held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Millstadt Community Center. Alles Willkommen! For information and photos visit https://www.millstadtsistercities.org