Leavenworth in Leavenworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
A Lasting Friendship
In 1997, the cities of Leavenworth, Kansas and Omihachiman, Japan became Sister and Brother cities. The two cities are connected because of the civic and religious commitment of one man, Mr. William Merrell Vories.
Vories was born in Leavenworth in 1880. In 1905, he traveled to Omihachiman as a YMCA evangelistic teacher and missionary. Vories dedicated his life to Christian principles and remained in Japan for the remainder of his life. He established numerous civic and entreprenurial organizations to support his missionary work. His legacy includes the establishment of the Christian Omi Brotherhood, the Vories Architectural Company, the Omi Pharmaceutical Sales Company, the Omihachiman Christian School, and the Omihachiman Vories Memorial Hospital. His work as a missionary, businessman, architect, social worker and educator significantly contributed to the Japanese and Omihachiman communities.
Mr. Vories' accomplishments are legend to the Japanese people. Numerous Japanese delegations continue to visit Leavenworth to pay homage to Mr. Vories and his birthplace. The cities of Leavenworth and Omihachiman celebrate Mr. Vories and his social, educational and religious teachings. Based on this common bond, our two cities have formed a lasting friendship.
October 12, 2008
Location. 39° 19.244′ N, 94° 54.587′ W. Marker is in Leavenworth, Kansas, in Leavenworth County. Marker is on Esplanade Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Memorial is in North Esplanade Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 207 North Esplanade Street, Leavenworth KS 66048, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bleeding Kansas (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln at the Planters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Public Park in Kansas (about 600 feet away); The Great Railroad Era (about 700 feet away); Law Offices of Sherman, Ewing, and McCook (about 700 feet away); General William Tecumseh Sherman (about 700 feet away); Leavenworth's Union Depot (about 800 feet away); Riverfront Community Center (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Leavenworth.
Also see . . .
1. Leavenworth, Kansas. (Submitted on May 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Omihachiman, Japan. (Submitted on May 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. William Merrill Vories. (Submitted on May 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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