Records and photographs of San Jose's Pacific Neighbors Sister City Program, primarily related to activities with sister cities
Okayama, Japan, and San Jose, Costa Rica.
The national sister city program was established following President Dwight Eisenhower’s 1956 White House Conference on Citizen
Diplomacy. The idea for sister cities was one of 42 “People-To-People” initiatives that was formed at the White House Conference.
San José’s sister city affiliation with Okayama, Japan, established on May 26, 1957, was the third sister city affiliation
following the inception of the national Sister Cities program in 1956. In 1961, San José established a relationship with San
José, Costa Rica. Pacific Neighbors Inc. is a volunteer organization that supports the Sister Cities program, sponsoring and
hosting events that represent the culture of San Jose's Sister Cities.
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The records are open to the public for research by appointment with the Curator of Library and Archives.