Sister Cities of Durham, North Carolina

Arusha-Tanzania, Durham-UK, Kavala-Greece, Kostroma-Russia, Toyama-Japan, Zhuzhou-China

Pictured above:   The Snow Queen from Kostroma presents art work from 4th grade students in Kostroma to Principal Star Sampson of Holt Language Academy for the 
4th grade students at Holt.  The Holt students then presented art work to the Russian visitors to take back the Kostroma students.


KOSTROMA, RUSSIA Sister City since 1989.
Founded in 1152, Kostroma is one of the historic cities of the Golden Ring, about 200 miles northeast of Moscow.  It is the home of the monastery where Mikhael Romanov resided in 1612 when he was called to become the first tsar of the Romanov dynasty, which lasted until 1917.  Kostroma has a rich heritage of 18th century architecture.

The "Mountains -- Waterways":  Kostroma sits beside the legendary Volga River.

The Kostroma City Committee hosted three delegates from Kostroma, Oct. 30 - Nov. 7, 2015.  The visit was supported by a grant from Open World.  Since they came to learn about diversity and pluralism in Durham, their visit included visits with a wide variety of communities in Durham, including representatives from the  African-American, Latino, Chinese-American, India, LGBT, and Jewish communities.  They also met with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and made presentations to the City Council and to the public at the Blue Note Grill.