Sister Cities of Kenosha
Did you know that Kenosha has not just one, but FOUR Sister Cities?!
What is a Sister City? President Eisenhower reasoned during the Cold War that a path to peace could be created by building bonds between people of different cultures. He launched the People-To-People Program, which led to today’s non-profit organization, Sister Cities International. Kenosha established its own Sister Cities Association of Kenosha. And so Kenosha has four sister cities. Regular visits - of student and adult groups - and exchanges take place between Kenosha and its Sister Cities. Visitors stay with host families.
Here are Kenosha’s Sister Cities:
Wolfenbuttel, Germany: Kenosha’s Sister City since 1970. Wolfenbuttel wrote a letter to Kenosha asking if we wanted to be their sister city, and we said yes. You can visit Kenosha’s 8-acre Wolfenbuttel Park near Lake Michigan - named for the German city. (If this makes you hungry for delicious German food, dine at House of Gerhard.)
Douai, France: a Sister City since 1981. This relationship with Douai evolved out of the partnership between American Motors (in Kenosha at the time) and the French Car company Renault. If you shop at Kenosha HarborMarket during the summer, some of the vendors are located at Place de Douai. This is in HarborPark, just south of the Kenosha Public Museum. The plaza showcases the Wallace Fountain, donated by the citizens of Douai.
Cosenza, Italy: a Sister City since 1979. Cosenza was chosen because of all the Italian immigrants from that area who settled in Kenosha. (Learn more about Kenosha’s Italian history at the Italian American Supper Club.)
Quezon City, Philippines: a Sister City since 1986. Quezon City became our sister city because of a Kenosha resident who married a person from Quezon City.
Source: From Visit Kenosha’s archives; an interview with Kenosha Sister Cities President Hede Horne