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A Century of Saints

Mayme Sevander


Mayme SevanderMayme Sevander was a key player in making Duluth's Sister City relationship with Petrozavodsk, Russia, work. She was a teacher, historian and writer who chronicled the lives of American Finns such as she and her family, who moved to Soviet Russia in the 1920s and 1930s hoping to help build communism. In 1986, when Duluth created a Sister City relationship with Petrozavodsk, Sevander welcomed the Duluth delegates and became their translator. She became deeply involved in the Sister City movement, visiting Duluth in 1987 and returning in 1989 to teach Russian at the College and to work on her memoirs.


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