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Selected Events in 2006

Ambassador Timken's Journey to His German Roots

Ambassador Timken signs the Golden Book

July 5-7, 2006.

From July 5 to July 7, 2006, Ambassador William R. Timken, Jr. and his wife Sue visited Bremen, Bremerhaven, and Tarmstedt the hometown of his great-grandfather, and Wilstedt. This was the first time the Ambassador visited Bremen. Since the Ambassador's ancestors migrated from Bremerhaven to the U.S. in 1838, the tour of the new German Emigration Center museum in Bremerhaven was of special importance.

On July 6, the Ambassador met with Bremen Mayor Jens Böhrnsen in the historic Bremen city hall and signed the city's Golden Book. Afterwards, the Ambassador participated in a breakfast discussion with the Mayor, the Senator of Education and Science, and the presidents of the Bremen based universities about Bremen's contributions to U.S.-German scientific cooperation. After arriving at the Bremen Parliament, the Ambassador met with the Parliament's President Christian Weber. The Ambassador then spoke at the 60 year anniversary celebration of arrival of the first CARE package in Bremen, and kickoff of CARE Germany fundraising campaign. Later on the day, the Ambassador met Bremerhaven Mayor Jörg Schulz, toured the German Emigration Center and the Bremerhaven Container Terminal.

July 7, Ambassador Timken and his wife spent in Tarmstedt and Wilstedt. Together with Lower Saxony Minister President Christian Wulff, Tarmstedt Mayor Jürgen Rudolph and others, the Ambassador opened the Tarmstedt Fair, which is the largest fair for agricultural products in Northern Germany. In Tarmstedt, the Ambassador visited for the first time the birthplace of his great-grandfather, and in Wilstedt, the family church. Afterwards, the Ambassador stated: "This desperate family of farmers followed the promise for a better life in the US, and that I am able to be here as the Ambassador proves that the American Dream is reality."

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