Nijmegen & Albany, sister cities

FAN is short for ‘Friendship Albany NY & Nijmegen’. The origin of this friendship between two cities dates back to the American liberation and reconstruction aid from Albany NY for Nijmegen, the Netherlands. It is an international connection via shared history, which is still being commemorated in both cities. Read about this unique story here.

From the private collection of Chloe Gavin.
Picture: © Anja Adriaans.
The plate was a gift to General J.M. Gavin, March 1947. Design by Th. Oor,  Potterij “Oud-Delft”, Nijmegen.

Highlights of the 70th Tulip Festival 2018 in Albany

May, 9th Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan opened the FAN exhibit ”American Friendship from Across the Ocean” with a  festive reception in Albany’s City Hall.

The exhibit chronicles the liberation of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, by the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II and the subsequent humanitarian shipment of relief goods sent by Albany to Nijmegen  to help rebuild that city. This aid action took place in 1947 and was an example for the later large-scale European Recovery Program, better known as the Marshall Plan.

It was very special to have the exhibition on display in the Albany City Hall. Bregje Jaspers, Studio 0404 creatively made the adjustments for an English-speaking audience. Radboud in’to Languages provided an excellent translation of Marijke Hanegraaf’s poem. During the opening also spoke: Paul Grondahl, director of the NY State University Writers’ Institute and Mark Schaming, director of the NY State Museum. (photos)

Many thanks are due to the Province of Gelderland for their support.

The Tulip Festival is an annual event in the beautiful historic Washington Park. This year is the 70th anniversary of the Festival and the newly revealed informative ‘Nijmegen’ sign marks its start in 1948 when Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands thanked Albany with a large tulip bulbs gift.

With an all-out effort the FAN exhibition was set up in the Rotunda of the Albany City Hall. Just in time for the opening on May 9, 2018.

UTS Verkroost took care of the professional transport by ship and van from Nijmegen to Albany.