OUR MISSION & HISTORY
Aspen Sister Cities is a nonprofit organization run by a Board of Directors. Our mission is to share ideas and cultures through the international exchange of students and community members from Aspen and its sister cities. We support the Sister Cities International mission statement of promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation- one individual, one community at a time.
The Aspen Sister Cities program began in 1966 with a relationship with Garmisch- Partenkirchen, Germany. In 1985 Mayor Bill Stirling and the council established the Aspen Sister Cities Committee. Relationships with six more cities were subsequently established (Shimukappu, Japan- Queenstown, New Zealand- Chamonix, France- Bariloche, Argentina- Abetone, Italy- Davos, Switzerland).
Affiliations between cities throughout the world began after WWII. Sister Cities International was created at President Eisenhower’s 1956 White House summit on citizen diplomacy, where he envisioned a network that would be a champion for peace and prosperity by fostering bonds between people from different communities around the world. President Eisenhower reasoned that people from different cultures could understand, appreciate, and celebrate their differences while building partnerships that would lessen the chance of new conflicts. Today, this network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in nearly 500 member communities with over 2,000 partnerships in more than 140 countries.
Betsy Ann Anastas
The Aspen Sister Cities committee meets at 5pm the second Thursday of every month in the Sister Cities room of the City Hall.
Due to the Covid pandemic, we are hosting our meetings via Zoom. If you’re interested in joining us, please contact us at: email@example.com
SISTER CITIES COORDINATORS
ASPEN CITY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE
SNOWMASS TOWN COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE
support our mission
To support the Sister City International mission statement of
promoting peace through mutual respect. understanding,
& cooperation – One individual, one Community at a
time by facilitating exchanges between Aspen Sister Cities.