1166 Oak St
Red Wing, MN 55066
Sister Cities International was created at President Eisenhower’s 1956 White House Summit on Citizen Diplomacy, where he envisioned a network that would be a champion for peace and prosperity by fostering bonds between people from different communities around the world. By forming these relationships, President Eisenhower reasoned that people from different cultures could understand, appreciate, and celebrate their differences while building partnerships that would lessen the chance of new conflicts. Since its inception, the Sister Cities International network has played a key role in renewing and strengthening important global relationships.
The Red Wing Sister Cities Commission, established in 1992, promotes cultural exchange between cities of different nations to foster strengthened economics, world peace, and a greater understanding of world issues. The City of Red Wing has two official sister cities. Our relationship with Quzhou, China began in 1993 and our relationship with Ikata, Japan became official in 1995. Teacher, student, and artist exchanges are the hallmark of these relationships, and a collection of gifts representing over two decades of friendship and international exchange is their enduring legacy. Examples from the City of Red Wing’s collection will be displayed among works of art created by Red Wing residents Dawn Zero Erickson and Dan Wiemer during their exchanges to Quzhou, China.