Elkader Sister Cities

International Program

Sister Cities Friendship Club News

John W. Kiser launched his book, Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader in Elkader on October 17-18, 2008.

Commander of the Faithful - Website
Commander of the Faithful - Book Summary
Commander of the Faithful - Book Endorsements

John W. Kiser is the author of several books including The Monks of Tibhirine.

Call Kathy Garms at 563-245-1022 for more information.
Sister Cities Group Seeks Sponsors for Home-stays

One of the greater benefits of any community’s membership in the Sister Cities International program is the exchange of information, customs, friendship, and people. An international leader once said, “When people cross borders in friendship, armies don’t follow.” Since 1984 that process has been taking place in Elkader.

The Sister Cities Friendship Club of Elkader wants to share the cultural and the “peace through people” benefits of the program with the residents of Elkader and Clayton County through the program of people exchanges. In this effort residents are being sought who would like to invite international guests into their homes for a truly rewarding cultural experience.

A list is being developed of people who would enjoy hosting international guests in their homes for a day or two. This may entail providing meals and transportation to events in the community. 

This can be a very rewarding experience. In the past, people of the Elkader area have hosted ambassadors, government officials, students and traveling citizens. All who have participated indicated a feeling of great satisfaction in knowing they helped build a better understanding between people of different cultures and countries.

Anyone interested in participating in the home-stay program is encouraged to contact the Sister Cities Friendship Club.

The Elkader, Iowa - Mascara, Algeria Connection
Elkader community information

Additional resources:

Abdelkader Education Project