Welcome to the Las Cruces Sister Cities website. Las Cruces is a member of Sister Cities International, an organization that traces its roots to 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed a People-to-People citizen diplomacy initiative. Sister Cities International officially sanctions Sister City partnerships which have the potential to carry out the widest possible diversity of activities of any international program, including every type of municipal, business, professional, educational and cultural exchange or project. Sister City programs are also unique in that they inherently involve the three main sectors in a community: local government, businesses, and a wide variety of citizen volunteers (and civil society or non-profit organizations).

Las Cruces Sister Cities joined Sister Cities International in 1989 to officially recognize a relationship that began in 1982 growing from exchanges between Dona Ana Community College and the Centro de Bachilleratio Technológico Industrial y de Servicios Numero 4 of Lerdo, Durango, Mexico. In 1993, Las Cruces established its second Sister City with Nienburg, Germany, which grew from a school exchange between Mayfield High School and Albert Schweitzer Schule. During the more than thirty years of Sister Cities activities, citizens, members of our business community and elected officials have traveled to both Lerdo and Nienburg. Students from Las Cruces have worked, studied and lived in both Lerdo and Nienburg as have students from both Lerdo and Nienburg come to Las Cruces to work, study and live. Musical groups have traveled and performed in our Sister Cities as have groups come from our Sister Cities to perform in Las Cruces. Mr. Tony Pennock, a local artist who painted Las Cruces’ water tanks was invited to Nienburg and created a mural at Nienburg’s aquatic center. Rotary Clubs from Lerdo and Las Cruces have worked together on international projects. Our friends in Lerdo have constructed a monument there in honor of the St. Genevieve’s memorial monument in Las Cruces. Las Cruces and its two Sister Cities are connected in a variety of ways, honoring our commonalities and differences.

Today we look forward to maintaining existing relationships while establishing new relationships between our citizens and those of our Sister Cities. We are endeavoring to continue our cultural activities and look forward to expanding into exciting new ways to connect including educational, governmental and business links. We invite you to become acquainted with our foundation’s activities and join us as we continue and grow our understanding of each other’s communities, culture and citizens.

Noreen Lehmann
Las Cruces Sister Cities Foundation

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