Sister City - Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Adopting Our Sister City

On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast and has been determined to be the worst natural disaster in US history. In November of 2005, The City of Whitewater, by unanimous proclamation, adopted the City of Bay St Louis Mississippi as its first Sister City.

Famous Historian Stephen Ambrose grew up in Whitewater Wisconsin and during later years of his life, lived in Bay St Louis. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater named its health center after Ambrose’s father. It was this natural connection and a desire to help restore Bay St Louis from Katrina’s wrath that drew Whitewater to help in any way.


To date, Whitewater has donated about $80,000 to various projects and about 7,000 hour of labor to our Sister City. We will continue this long term relationship and commitment until our Sister City is once again “A Place Apart”. We join Bay St Louis’s other sister cities in this massive rebuilding effort including:

  • Monterey, California
  • Moore County, North Carolina
  • Nutley, New Jersey
  • Port Townsend, Washington
  • Wayzata, Minnesota

Help Us Continue Our Work

Please help us continue our work by your monetary or in-kind tax deductible donation made payable to:
Whitewater Sister City Fund
P.O. Box 117
Whitewater Wi 53190

For a current listing of items needed, please contact Sergeant Mike Ciardo, Sister City Coordinator by calling 262-473-0570 or by emailing Sergeant Ciardo. You can also visit the Bay St. Louis website.