Jelenia Gora, Poland
Tyler: June 1994
Jelenia Gora: June 1993
Our strong educational exchange with Jelenia Gora has benefited Tyler Junior College faculty and students alike!
Our Common Interests
Ida Baj, from the language department at Karkonosze College in Jelenia Gora, invited a writer to visit in the summer of 2016. She envisioned a writer’s exchange with someone from Tyler. We have kept up a tradition of a faculty exchange with Jelenia Gora ever since then!
Recent and Upcoming Events
Jelenia Gora Visitors
Both our visitors from Karkonosze College to TJC and our team from TJC to Karkonosze are on hold for the time being, due to the coronavirus. The funds must be spent before the end of the year (December 31), so the thought is to reschedule in the fall.
Flower Bed in Jelenia Gora
Our friends in Jelenia Gora created a wonderful way to celebrate their sister cities!
Dear Friends, today we officially opened the Avenue of Partner Cities. There were 14 flowerbeds prepared, each dedicated to our partner city. By each flowerbed there is also a plate with information about the city in 3 languages, Polish, English and your mother tongue! The avenue was welcomed very positively by the inhabitants and beautified one of Jelenia Góra’s parks. The planting was done by students of the Jelenia Góra Natural-Service School, and the whole concept was developed by Ms. Anna Rychlewska, teacher of the school. We hope that in this way we will introduce our residents to the profiles of our partners.
How It Started
Tyler’s Sister City of Jelenia Gora, Poland, celebrated their 900th Anniversary September 6, 2008, and their Sister Cities across the globe were invited to attend. Our Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass was made an honorary citizen along with other recognized dignitaries. Unfortunately, with the invitation to participate arrived in late August, Tyler Sister Cities was unable to participate or travel to the community.
We are looking forward to other opportunities to connect with our Polish friends in Jelenia Gora –a friendship that dates to 1996 when the group of 20 men and women of Jelenia Gora traveled to Tyler as guests of The University of Texas at Tyler through then President George Hamm, and participated in studying city government, schools, judicial operations and economic adventures.
At that time, Jelenia Gora was emerging from a long period of Communist domination. Since then, delegations of Jelenia Gora citizens and Tyler Sister Cities have exchanged visits.