Dobřichovice, Czech Republic • Manhattan, Kansas
Partner City Flag Plaza
— Creating Lasting Relationships —
In 2006, the City of Manhattan established a partnership with Dobřichovice, a city in the Czech Republic. This relationship has created a continuing sharing of cultural, educational, youth and civic understanding and friendship between the two cities. Both the Manhattan School District's grade schools and Kansas State University are active participants in the partnership. K-State hosts Czech students through an exchange program, while grade school students interact through online video teleconferencing.
Dobřichovice is a town situated on both banks of the river Berounka, about 15.5 miles southwest of Prague, the center of the Czech Republic. Dobřichovice is located half way between Prague and Karlštejn Castle, one of the most famous landmarks in the Czech Republic.
The community has about 3,000 permanent residents as well as several hundred weekend visitors who occupy cottages scattered along the waterside.
Joe and Elizabeth Barton-Dobenin have been instrumental in creating the Partner City project. Joseph Barton-Dobenin was born and raised in Czechoslovakia. Joe emigrated to the United States and in 1948,
With the fall of communism, Joe was able to return to his home and reclaim family property, providing the Barton-Dobenins the means to assist Czech youth and to benefit Kansas State, where he was a long-time professor in the College of Business. Joe and Elizabeth initiated the creation of the exchange program for Czech students to come to Kansas State University and K-State students to study in Prague.
Dedicated: September 22, 2011
Erected 2011 by City of Manhattan, Kansas State University Foundation, Joseph & Elizabeth Barton-Dobenin, and Concerned Citizens & Organizations.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Education • Government & Politics • Peace.
Location. 39° 10.783′ N, 96° 34.693′ W. Marker is in Manhattan, Kansas, in Riley County. Marker is at the intersection of 14th Street and Poyntz Avenue, on the right when traveling north on 14th Street. Marker is at the southwest corner of City Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manhattan KS 66502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ft. Leavenworth - Ft. Riley Military Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx.
Also see . . .
1. Sister Cities of the World. (Submitted on February 15, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Manhattan, Kansas. (Submitted on February 15, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Former professor made Manhattan's partnership with Czech city possible. (Submitted on February 15, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Dobřichovice, Czech Republic. (Submitted on February 15, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 15, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.