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New Rochelle To Celebrate 325th Anniversary

Next year brings us the opportunity to celebrate the 325th anniversary of the founding of New Rochelle. From 1688 until today, from a small settlement of French Huguenots escaping religious persecution to our dynamic, diverse city — we will have plenty to celebrate. Former City Council Member Marianne Sussman is leading the volunteer effort to … Continue reading New Rochelle To Celebrate 325th Anniversary

Sister City Committee Seeks Participants for Official Visit to La Rochelle, France

New Rochelle was founded in 1688 by French Huguenots — Protestants seeking religious freedom in the Americas. The chief Huguenot stronghold was La Rochelle, a thriving port community on the Atlantic coast, so when it came time to name their new settlement, the Huguenots had an easy choice, and New Rochelle was born. La Rochelle … Continue reading Sister City Committee Seeks Participants for Official Visit to La Rochelle, France

Sister City Initiative Plans Exchanges with La Rochelle, France

Hosts and Musicians Sought For several years, the New Rochelle Sister City Initiative, led by former City Manager Peter Korn, has reinvigorated our relationship with La Rochelle, France. The Sister City Initiative is now seeking public support and involvement in two ways. Hosts Needed for France Youth Exchange Volunteer families are needed to host high … Continue reading Sister City Initiative Plans Exchanges with La Rochelle, France

Become A La Rochelle Host

Help Strengthen Sister-City Ties Learn More about La Rochelle. In recent months, New Rochelle has strengthened its historic ties with our sister-city La Rochelle, France. In fact, earlier this summer, we welcomed an official delegation, led by La Rochelle’s Mayor Maxime Bono. In order to pursue additional cultural, educational, and economic exchanges, however, we need … Continue reading Become A La Rochelle Host

New Rochelle Renews Sister City Ties With La Rochelle

Summer Events Celebrate Huguenot Heritage As you may know, New Rochelle was founded in the 17th Century by French Huguenots who were fleeing religious persecution. The community of La Rochelle in France was a center of Huguenot life, and the settlers named their new community in La Rochelle’s honor. In the years since, our sister-city … Continue reading New Rochelle Renews Sister City Ties With La Rochelle