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The Chronology of the Eutin-Lawrence Exchanges

1964 First contacts established by Helmut Huelsbergen.

1966 First University of Kansas group arrives in Eutin. Charles Loveland, later president of Friends of Eutin, participates as a student in the first summer KU German language institute.

1967 Helmut Scheewe begins teaching for the University of Kansas summer institutes.

1987 A proclamation of gratitude and friendship is sent by Mayor Mike Amyx to Eutin for hosting students from the University of Kansas.

June 1988 A sister city-planning group meets in the Voss House to discuss Helmut Scheewes proposal of a sister city relationship between Eutin and Lawrence. The minutes of the meeting show the following participants: Dieter Frick, Dieter Holst, Karl Holst, Karl-Heinrich Jäschke, Annali Voigt, Helmut Scheewe, and Frank Baron. The summer institute under Frank Baron announces support to send two Gymnasium students to Lawrence to propose a sister-city relationship. In Lawrence, Glenn Kappelmann, Charles Loveland, and Frank Baron present the proposal of sister cities to the Lawrence Sister Cities Advisory Board.

August 1988 Eutin students Bert Heilmann and Kathrin Ehlers present the proposal of sister cities to the city commission in Lawrence.

June 1989 Bill Keel and Helmut Scheewe persuade the city council to persist with support to establish the sister-city relationship.

October 1989 An Eutin delegation with Mayor Gernot Grimm and a delegation consisting of Karl-Heinrich and Heide Jäschke, Helga Jansen, Waltraud Lepsien, Joachim and Ingrid Neumeister, and Helmut Scheewe visit Lawrence to sign the sister–city documents. Lawrence Mayor Robert Schumm signs a proclamation of friendship together with a list of projects to be implemented.

June 1990 A Lawrence delegation, consisting of Mayor Shirley Martin-Smith, Bunker and Marilyn Clark, Ann Evans, Winnie and Al Gallup, Charles and Mary Loveland, Mike Rundle, Bob and Sandra Schumm, Brad Tate, Gary Toebben, Faye Watson, and Frank Baron visits Eutin. The delegation takes an exhibit of art works by Lawrence artists to Eutin. It also presents a pen drawing of 1920 by Albert Bloch (“the American Blue Rider”) to the Eutin museum. The cities sign a document with the areas of agreement. The first group of six high school students arrive. In total: about 250 students participate, up through 2004, in these exchanges.

September 1990 Medical student Inken Scheewe is the first participant in an internship in Lawrence. She works under Dr. David Hiebert at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

November 1990 Eunice Stallworth performs in theaters of Eutin. Marilyn Clark goes to Eutin to help in the development of its library plans.

October 1991 A delegation from Eutin (Anke Deifuss, Otto Lippmann, Ursula and Peter Manz, Enni and Karl-Heinrich Müller, Manfred Meyer, and Helmut and Hella Scheewe visit Lawrence. Free State Brewery receives the gift one meter of beer glasses (without the beer) from the Eutin delegation. The Lawrence Arts Center hosts an exhibit of photographs from Eutin.

1991 Rosmarie Fleischer, representing the Eutin libraries, visits Lawrence with her husband.

October 1992 Veteran Park renovation. Jim Patti and Bob Rose create a sun dial for the park. The sculpture has the logo of the sister cities.

December 1992 Stefanie Berger of Eutin and Lawrence student Don Anderson (summer language institute participant of 1988) celebrate their wedding.

June 1993 Mayor John Nalbandian and his wife Carol vist Eutin.

November 1993 Meike Klüver of the Eutin bank (Sparkasse Eutin) works for six weeks at the Douglas County Bank as an intern.

1994 Hans Schirrmacher leads a delegation visiting Lawrence, (including his wife Ingrid, Ande Deifuss, Eckhart and Marga Friesecke, Jens Hegel, Petra Kahmke, Wilhelm and Christel Kressin, Otto and Henny Lippmann, Gernot Seeger, and Helmut and Hella Schcheewe).

June 1995 Mayor Bob Moody and his family visit Eutin.

June 1996 The Lawrence Civic Choir perfoms in Eutin.

October 1996 Eutin Fire Fighters and friends visit Lawrence.

1997 Friends of Lawrence is established in Eutin. The officers are Helmut Scheewe, president, and Bernd Ditscher, vice president.

Fall 1997 Anne Roestermundt comes to Lawrence for an internship at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

1998 Professor Carol Ann Carter exhibits her art in Eutin.

June 1998 Shana R. Rippe is the first of five interns at the Eutin bank (Sparkasse). The others are: Kris Humbarger (1999), Kaivan R. Ferzandi (2000), Rolf D. Snyder (2001), and Jessica Barrand (2003).

August 1998 Professor James Higdon performs organ recital in Eutin.

April 1999 Martin West, Eutin church castle organist, performs organ recital at the University of Kansas.

June 1999 Mayor Erv Hodges goes with a delegation to Eutin to celebrate ten years of sister-city partnership.

2000 Design students exhibit their works in Eutin with professors Carol Ann Carter and Jon Havener.

Summer 2000 Friends of Lawrence begins a tradition of German-American evenings.

April 2000 An Eutin delegation visits the U.S., including Lawrence. During the travel a helicopter crashes at the Grand Canyon Airport, and several members of the group are injured.

April 2001 Robert Sudlow exhibits in Eutin.

June 2001 The Camerata Lawrence gives a concert in Eutin of music by Kansas City composer Ernest Manheim.

November 2001 At the invitation of the summer language institute, two Eutin high school students (Franzika Stahlberg and Benjamin Beck) win scholarships to visit the University of Kansas.

November 2002 Police Chief Martin Vollertesen and his wife visit Lawrence. Eutin bank official Bastian Walkoff comes to Lawrence for a week to discuss possible bank exchanges.

February 2003 KU student Melanie Hadley plays a piano concert in Eutin.

Summer 2003 Phyllis Farrar takes a group of junior high school students and parents to Eutin.

June 2004 A Lawrence delegation visits Eutin to celebrate fifteen years of sister-city relationship. The delegation consists of Nancy and Gary Bjorge, Pat Eddishaw, Friedemann Eisert, Jon Josserand, Kathleen, Taylor, and Tom Hodge, Graham Kreicker, Rebecca Phipps, Mike Rundle, Scott Seeger, Bob and Sandra Schumm, Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm, and Frank and Betty Baron. Nancy Bjorge presented an exhibition of her art work in the Eutin library.

September 2004 An Eutin delegation headed by Mayor Klaus-Dieter Schulz, with Ernst-Joachim Meseck - President of the Eutin City Parliament, Dieter Holst - Assistant of the Eutin City Administration, Helmut and Hella Scheewe, Wilhelm Kressin, Martin and Marion Vollertsen, and Bernd and Anke Ditscher visits Lawrence. Eutin presents an 1825 colored lithograph from the Eutin Castle collection to the city of Lawrence . Robert Berkeley Green presents a drawing of the “Apostle” (1934) to the delegates for permanent exhibition in the Eutin museum.

Summer 2005 Kris Humbarger, a former KU intern at the Eutin bank, marries Inga Vollertsen of Eutin. The Lawrence Children’s Choir (sixty-six members) presented concerts at the Weber school and St. Michael’s church. Police Chief Dr. Ron Olin and his wife Sylvie visit Eutin.

August 2005 Melanie Hadley (piano) and Aleksandr Snytkin (violin), both graduates of the KU School of Music, presented a successful concert of music by Haydn, Schumann, Albeniz, Barber, and Rachmaninoff in Eutin.

June 2007 A delegation from Lawrence travels to Eutin and presents a statue created by Jan Gaumnitz to Eutin during a celebration of Eutin's 750th anniversary as a reaffirmation of the sister cities' bonds.

April 1, 2007 The twenty-member Guitar Orchestra of Eutin performed before about 270 people in Liberty Hall.

June 2007 Eutin and Lawrence renewed their bond as sister cities amidst celebrations of Eutin's 750th anniversary. Lawrence artist Jan Gaumnitz presented a sculpture to the city of Eutin.

March 2, 2008 Guitarists Andreas van Zoest and Sandra Flessau from Eutin presented a concert of classical guitar music at Swathout Recital Hall at the University of Kansas.

June 2009 Two members of the Lawrence Guitar Quartet, Marc Gruenberg and Morgan Bahn, performed together with the Carl Maria von Weber Orchestra. They presented joint concerts in several cities in Northern Germany.

Summer of 2009 The Eutin internship program expanded to include the Sparkasse, the Ostholsteiner Anzeiger, and the Volksbank. Carolyn Young's photographic works were on exhibit at the Kreisbibliothek in Eutin.

May 29–June 2, 2009 and September 30 –October 4. A delegation visiting Eutin in June and an Eutin delegation in Lawrence in October celebrated twenty years of fruitful cooperation. There was a focus on successful exchanges in a number of areas, such as the high school exchange, music and arts exchanges, and exchange of interns. There was also an effort to expand the internship program.

October 12, 2009 The Lawrence Guitar Quartet joined the Eutin Carl Maria von Weber Orchestra at the Lawrence Arts Center to present a concert of works by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Weber, and Telemann. The members of the Lawrence Guitar Quartet were Morgen Bahn, Bob Cross, Marc L. Greenberg and Gary Reich. The Eutin orchestra was represented by Sandra Flessau, Julia Schwill-Engelhardt, Hannah Krüger, Inken Koch, Sophia Redöhl. Janine Siewert, Britta Wittchow, and Jonas Damm.


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