Preserving Our German Heritage and Culture through a Sister City affiliation with GROSS BIEBERAU, GERMANY.
The mission of Sister Cities is to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation-one individual, one community at a time.
Many older, current residents of Millstadt were born to German speaking families and only learned to speak English when they entered school. In doing their own personal genealogy research, local residents, Robert Schaefer and Robert Buecher, discovered that many current residents of Millstadt were descendants of immigrants from Gross Bieberau, a small town in the State of Hessen, about 60 miles southeast of Frankfurt.
Correspondence and information was exchanged, and in 1998, ten Millstadt residents traveled to Gross Bieberau. A 15-member delegation consisting of many of Gross Bieberau’s town officials visited Millstadt in 1999, and the two communities committed to a sister city partnership. The formal signing ceremony was held in Gross Bieberau on October 2, 2000 with a contingent of Millstadt residents in attendance.
Periodic “official” visits have occurred between the towns. The most recent adult delegation from Gross Bieberau visited Millstadt during April 2018, and an adult Millstadt group looks forward to traveling to its sister city in 2020. Numerous lasting friendships have developed over the years, and there are frequent informal visits between residents and Gross Bieberau.
Millstadt considers its relationship with Gross Bieberau, as a very special opportunity for Millstadt and its youth to learn from peoples of other nations thereby growing and enhancing both our respective qualities of life and prospects of world peace.
Youth Ambassador Exchange
In 2018, Millstadt Sister Cities Organization completed its 18th annual Youth Ambassadors Exchange. Each summer up to five Millstadt area high school students travel to Gross Bieberau and spend 4 weeks with host families. In turn, the Millstadt students’ German exchange partners typically arrive in August for a month long visit. Millstadt Sister Cities Organization provides some financial assistance to participating youth and host families.
As a result of the generous support of local residents, businesses, and civic organizations, a total of 84, Millstadt students and 87 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.
Membership meetings are currently held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Millstadt Community Center. Alles Willkommen!
July 17, 2019; 7:30 pm - Membership meeting at Community Center
Gross-Bieberau Youth Ambassadors, Luca Amann and Charlotte Breid, arrive in Millstadt
August 9 - 11, 2019; Youth Ambassadors in Chicago
August 12, 2019; 7:30 pm - Board meeting at Community Center
August 14, 2019; 6:00 pm - Potluck BBQ with Youth Ambassadors
August 16 & 17, 2019 - Columbia Days at Metter Park. Columbia Sister Cities will be making and selling potato pancakes.
August 20, 2019 – German students depart
August 31, 2019 - September 1, 2019; Millstadt Homecoming – Please volunteer to work at our raffle stand. Sign-up at the August BBQ or contact Charlene Faulbaum at 618/476-1812 or email: email@example.com
September 9, 2019; 7:30 pm - Board meeting at Community Center
September 18, 2019; 6:30 – 8:30 - “Serve It Safely” workshop at Community Center
September 20 & 21, 2019 - Belleville Oktoberfest. Belleville Sister Cities will sell German food and beverages.
September 27, 28 & 29, 2019 - St. Charles Oktoberfest – Please volunteer for this major fundraiser!
Adult and Youth Exchange Programs
Our organization sponsors both an annual Youth Ambassador Exchange as well as planned Adult Delegation groups.
The Millstadt Sister Cities Organization will sponsor the 25 Annual Weihnachtsfest (German Christmas Festival) On Sunday, December 8, 2019.
St. Charles Oktoberfest
Come visit us in St. Charles for our famous potato pancakes, Shubert's Bratburgers, and smokies. Great weekend to celebrate the German culture. September 28-30, 2018.