In September of 2015, Mount Prospect Sister Cities Commission members traveled to Sèvres, France, which shares a Sister Cities connection with the Village. Sèvres delegates offered a unique glimpse of French culture, education, economic development and more. Sèvres is a commune in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, France.
During the visit, an official reception and dinner was held at Sèvres' Village Hall on Tuesday, September 15. The formal event began with champagne toasts, an official exchange of gifts, and then dinner under a tent in the Village Hall courtyard. Sèvres presented Mount Prospect with the gift of a Sèvres Porcelain plate, a continuation of a long tradition of porcelain gifts recognizing the world-renowned manufacture of porcelain in Sèvres since the days of Louis XV. It was founded in 1738 with the support of the King and Madame de Pompadour.
During the visit, Sister Cities Commission Chair Bob Usnik was presented with a porcelain biscuit in the form of a delicate rose. Mount Prospect presented Sèvres Mayor Grégoire de La Roncière with a canvas print of Mount Prospect's French Market as a lasting memento of our French connection. Mayor Arlene A. Juracek presenting the widow of former Sèvres Mayor François Kosciusko-Morizet a small token of the Sister Cities Commission's condolences on the death of her husband this summer. The original Sister Cities relationship was formed through the efforts of retired Mount Prospect Mayor "Skip" Farley and former Mayor Kosciusko-Morizet.
On Wednesday, September 16, the Mount Prospect delegation attended a film screening of the 3-D movie "D-Day" in Sèvres. Produced and directed by Sèvres native Pascal Vuong, it is playing with acclaim around the world in 2015 within IMAX venues, including Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Appealing to all ages, it is narrated by Tom Brokaw with music by the London Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Vuong has enthusiastically offered to bring a copy to Mount Prospect once it completes its original commercial run for Mount Prospect to use within a veterans' tribute.
In addition, a video was created by the Communication Department of Sèvres. It is in English and French.