Tuesday, March 20, 2018
St. Louis Bosnians


St. Louis Sister City Brčko, BiH


Brčko is a city in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina, administrative seat of the Brčko District. It lies on the country's border along the Sava river across from Gunja, Croatia. Its name is very likely linked to the Breuci, an Illyrian tribe inhabiting the area in antiquity. Brčko has the largest port in Bosnia, on the Sava river. It is also home to an economics faculty and to a rather important theater festival.

Brčko was a geographic point of contention in 1996 when the U.S.-led Implementation Forces (IFOR) built McGovern Base on the outskirts of the city. McGovern Base as it is known was built in the (Zone of Separation) ZOS for the purpose of establishing peacekeeping operations, specifically between Muslims in Gornji Rahić near Brka and Serbs in Brčko. The district was awarded special multi-ethnic status as the "Brčko District of Bosnia and Herzegovina", operating on a self-governing basis.
The Sister City relationship with Brčko was formalized with St. Louis City and County in 2008 to collaborate for the mutual benefit of their communities by exploring educational, economic and cultural opportunities.

With the formation of the relationship the St. Louis-Brĉko Sister Cities Committee is forming an all-volunteer organization to represent Greater St. Louis in all ongoing cultural exchange and economic development with the Brčko.
Ibrahim Vajzovic, President
Committee Membership:
Annual Membership in the St. Louis-Brĉko Sister Cities Committee is:
Individual $15
Family $25
Student $10
Supporting Patron $50
Corporation $100

513 Trible Crown Manor Court Fenton MO 63026
The Bosnia Memory Project-Fontbonne University
The Bosnia Memory Project at Fontbonne University is dedicated to establishing an enduring record of Bosnian genocide survivors, especially those living in metropolitan St. Louis. Fontbonne faculty, students and staff collaborate with members of St. Louis’s Bosnian community to:
Record interviews of Bosnian genocide survivors and their relatives;
Collect books, letters, and photographs that reflect the culture and experiences of Bosnians;
Host events that raise awareness about the experiences and identity of St. Louis’s Bosnian population; and
Develop academic and co-curricular programming that promotes understanding of Bosnia, Bosnians, and Bosnian-Americans.
6800 Wydown Boulevard • St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 889-4553
UMSL Bosnian exchange program
The University of Missouri-St. Louis recently created a unique exchange program with two universities in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Starting this academic year, UMSL students will have the opportunity to study at the University of Sarajevo or the University of Tuzla. Bosnian students from those universities also will be able to enroll in classes at UMSL.
261 Millennium Student Center One University Blvd St. Louis, MO 63121-4400 USA