Sister Cities International
Sister Cities International was established in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He envisioned that U.S. cities could create formal partnerships with foreign cities to build positive relationships. Municipality to municipality, cities could exchange information and ideas in order to build friendships and understand cultural differences.
Originally part of the National League of Cities (NLC), Sister Cities International (SCI) became a separate, non-profit corporation in 1967. SCI is the nation’s foremost citizen diplomacy movement with thousands of communities around the world participating.
Oklahoma-Kyoto’s Sister State Relationship
The State of Oklahoma and Kyoto Prefecture signed a sister state agreement in 1985 through the auspices of the governor’s office. Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, requested a sister city in Oklahoma that was about one hour from the capital, agriculturally based, and home to a university. Stillwater, of course, was a perfect match.
Stillwater Sister Cities Program
In 1985, the first delegation from Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan, visited Stillwater, and in November of that same year a Stillwater delegation went to Kameoka. There, Mayors Calvin J. Anthony and Yoshihisa Taniguchi signed the Sister City Affiliation Agreement that officially established the sister cities relationship the two cities. View agreement.
Stillwater Middle School-Taisei Junior High School
Since 1989, the Stillwater Middle School and Taisei Junior High School in Kameoka have participated in a sister school relationship, which features an active teacher-student exchange program. Read more...
|1985||State of Oklahoma and Kyoto Prefecture signed a sister state agreement|
|1985||Stillwater and Kameoka signed a sister city agreement.|
|1986||First Anniversary Celebration held in Stillwater.|
|1989||Taisei Junior High School and Stillwater Middle School establish a sister school relationship with the first delegations in 1990.|
|1990||Fifth Anniversary Celebration held in Kameoka.|
|1990||Oklahoma State University-Kyoto established.|
|1992||Stillwater was one of ten U.S. cities to receive grants to participate in the Trilateral Exchange Program linking Stillwater with Kameoka and its sister city Jandira, Brazil.|
|1992||Assisted in hosting the 1992 Sister Cities International Annual Conference in Tulsa.|
|1995||10th Anniversary held in Kameoka and Stillwater.|
|1997||Dedication of the International Friendship Garden.|
|2000||15th Anniversary Celebration held in Stillwater.|
|2002||The Terreno Tono Ocarino Ensemble from Kameoka performed in Stillwater.|
|2005||20th Anniversary Celebration held in Kameoka and Stillwater.|
|Dedicated the Kameoka Room.|
|2006||Established the Kameoka Tomodachi Club.|
|2009||Enhanced local awareness by presenting six multimedia classes about Japan for the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute.|
|2010||25th Anniversary Celebration held in Stillwater.|