BOSTON/STRASBOURG SISTER CITY ASSOCIATION
HIGHLIGHTS OF FIFTY YEARS 1960- 2010
Margaret Collins Weitz, Katharine Kane, Lia Poorvu
• President Eisenhower launches the program “People to People” to establish friendly relations and greater understanding between American citizens and those of other nations by means of direct and personal contact.
4 December 1959
• Strasbourg: As a prelude to the twinning (jumelage), and in honor of the 10th anniversary of the American Cultural Center, Radio-Strasbourg Symphony Orchestra records a “Musical Salute to Boston,” conducted by Charles Bruck.
• Boston: A recording is made of “Salute to Strasbourg,” performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and conducted by Charles Munch, as well as “A Pagan Poem,” by American composer Charles Loeffler, born in Mulhouse.
• Mayors John F. Collins of Boston and Pierre Pflimlin of Strasbourg sign official declaration linking the two cities, an idea proposed by noted BSO conductor Charles Munch, born in Strasbourg.
• 21 March: Boston City Council deliberates the proposal that Strasbourg become its “sister city.”
• 2 May: The city of Strasbourg accepts Boston’s twinning proposal.