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Dobřichovice, Czech Republic • Manhattan, Kansas

Partner City Flag Plaza

 

—Creating Lasting Relationships —

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 18, 2012
1. Dobřichovice, Czech Republic • Manhattan, Kansas Marker
Inscription.

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, all of his family's property in Czechoslovakia was seized by the communist regime.

With the fall of communism, Joe was able to return to his home and reclaim family property, providing the

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By William Fischer, Jr., May 18, 2012
2. Kansas Shield at Partner City Flag Plaza
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.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is at the southwest corner of City Park. Marker is in this post office area: Manhattan KS 66502, United States of America.
 
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. 0.2 miles away); Spanish American War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harahey (approx. Ό mile away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different

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By William Fischer, Jr., May 18, 2012
3. Czech Shield at Partner City Flag Plaza
marker also named Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manhattan.
 
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.)
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 18, 2012
4. Kansas State University Emblem at Partner City Flag Plaza
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 18, 2012
5. Dobřichovice Emblem at Partner City Flag Plaza
Dobřichovice, Czech Republic • Manhattan, Kansas Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 18, 2012
6. Dobřichovice, Czech Republic • Manhattan, Kansas Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 15, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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