German language and cultural studies have flourished at universities like UNM, and the Taos German Summer School is celebrating its 42nd year of existence this year having actively trained hundreds of students in the German language. New Mexico exchange organizations have opened their arms to Germany through the Las Cruces Sister City exchange with Nienburg and the Albuquerque Sister Cities Program with a twinning of that city with Helmstedt (the Albuquerque/Helmstedt relationship is celebrating its 32nd anniversary this year). The Santa Fe Council for International Affairs and the Albuquerque Council for International Visitors are both affiliated with the National Council for International Visitors, and both cooperate with the U.S. Department of State in bringing emerging leaders from around the world to New Mexico. In addition, there are several other non-profit associations that have relationships with German organizations.
The amity between Germany and New Mexico is also demonstrated in fraternal organizations and clubs, among them the Edelweiss German-American Club in Albuquerque which boasts nearly 300 members. Many German artists, too, have made their mark throughout our century of statehood, and in November of 2012, an exhibition highlighting Germany’s most famous author of western stories, Karl May, opened at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. May’s novels about the old west inspired thousands of German youth and planted the seed for future German tourism to the Land of Enchantment.
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