A Lasting Friendship

A Lasting Friendship (HMS8G)

Location: Leavenworth, KS 66048 Leavenworth County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.244', W 94° 54.587'

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In 1997, the cities of Leavenworth, Kansas and Omihachiman, Japan became Sister and Brother cities. The two cities are connected because of the civic and religious commitment of one man, Mr. William Merrell Vories.

Vories was born in Leavenworth in 1880. In 1905, he traveled to Omihachiman as a YMCA evangelistic teacher and missionary. Vories dedicated his life to Christian principles and remained in Japan for the remainder of his life. He established numerous civic and entreprenurial organizations to support his missionary work. His legacy includes the establishment of the Christian Omi Brotherhood, the Vories Architectural Company, the Omi Pharmaceutical Sales Company, the Omihachiman Christian School, and the Omihachiman Vories Memorial Hospital. His work as a missionary, businessman, architect, social worker and educator significantly contributed to the Japanese and Omihachiman communities.

Mr. Vories' accomplishments are legend to the Japanese people. Numerous Japanese delegations continue to visit Leavenworth to pay homage to Mr. Vories and his birthplace. The cities of Leavenworth and Omihachiman celebrate Mr. Vories and his social, educational and religious teachings. Based on this common bond, our two cities have formed a lasting friendship.

October 12, 2008
HM NumberHMS8G
Year Placed2008
Placed ByCity of Leavenworth
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 2:10pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 335371 N 4354108
Decimal Degrees39.32073333, -94.90978333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.244', W 94° 54.587'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 14.64" N, 94° 54' 35.22" W
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Area Code(s)913
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 N Esplanade St, Leavenworth KS 66048, US
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