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900 YEARS OF HISTORY

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, most recently in 2006, when a delegation of 8 from Tyler visited Jelenia Gora, took part in a symposium of university and polytechnic higher education facilities regarding student exchanges.

TYLER SISTER CITY: Jelenia Gora, Poland

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Twinning Ceremonies:
Jelenia Gora:  June 1993
Tyler:  June 1994

PHOTO GALLERY

Jelenia Gora Gallery

A twinning ceremony in Jelenia Gora, Poland, during the Tyler Sister Cities delegation visit on May 22, 1993, shows President Norman Shtofman signing the official document prior to a banquet held in an army arsenal that was a former headquarters for the KGB in the Polish community. The Jelenia Gora mayor remarked that he had never been in the building during the Russian era.

These ornately carved life sized wooden beehives, which are reconstructions and restorations of antique beehives from the region, are located at the Natural History Museum in the Cieplice spa district and are part of a project to preserve beekeeping skills for the next generation.

Tyler Sister Cities members pass by St. Anne's Church in Jelenia Gora on a walking tour of the town.

 A Tyler Sister Cities delegation boards a plane at Tyler Pounds Field for the first leg of their May 1993 trip to Jelenia Gora, Poland.

This ornate lecture hall in the former Schaffgotsch Palace in the Cieplice spa district has been used by the local branch campus of the Technical University of Wroclaw since it opened in the palace in 1975.

The Wojanowska Gate is found in Jelenia Gora’s city center

See pics from July 2015 trip!

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. The writer would compose interesting articles about their trip to Poland and life in the United States. After the Tyler writer returns, he or she would write articles about the trip for publication by Tyler outlets such as the Tyler Morning News or Tyler Today magazine. Brinda Carey was chosen as the writer from the East TX Writers Guild to travel to Jelenia Gora. Her project included exchanging stories with local seniors in a class there taught by Ida Baj about writing memoirs and retirement. The Tyler Sister Cities Board voted to give her a $1500 grant for the project.

WRITER’S EXCHANGE