Ashland's Sister City
Ashland and Guanajuato
- The sister city relationship between Ashland and Guanajuato was formally established in 1969. During the 1960s groups of students from Southern Oregon University (SOU) traveled to parts of Mexico, including Guanajuato during vacation. The students were unofficial representatives of Ashland.
- In the early 1970s Ashland and Guanajuato were given official recognition as Sister Cities through the internationally incorporated body, Sister Cities International.
Sister Cities International
- SCI is the world
- Both Ashland and Guanajuato are home to state universities.
- Both communities are home to world-class theatre, and are known as cultural centers in their respective regions both for performing and visual arts.
- Tourism plays a major role in the economies of both cities.
- Both cities have Amigo Clubs whose members are local citizens dedicated to strengthening the sister city ties.
- Both communities have streets dedicated to the other city.
- University students and faculty members share year-long exchanges, which has contributed to internationalize the two campuses.
- Representatives from Guanajuato travel to Ashland to participate in Ashland's 4th of July celebration each year, and representatives from Ashland travel to Guanajuato each year to participate in Guanajuato's Fiestas de San Juan y la Presa de la Olla.
- Ashland City staff has traveled to Guanajuato to present a workshop on the use of a computer software program for city planning; SOU staff have done the same for the University de Guanajuato.
- Guanajuato students have done practicum work through the City of Ashland.
- Ashland donated an ambulance and other fire and safety equipment to Guanajuato.
- The relationship strengthens the bond between our cities and institutions of higher education.
- International diplomacy on a people-to-people basis facilitates international understanding on official and individual levels.
- April 18 through April 23, 1999, representatives from Guanajuato visited Ashland for a week of meetings and entertainment to celebrate 30 years of Ashland and Guanajuato as sister cities.
- The 90 visitors represented areas of education, government, arts, Chamber of Commerce, students, fire and police, and the professional community.
- August 29 through September 3, 1999, representatives from Ashland traveled to Guanajuato for the same purpose, again representing all areas of the community.