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Scandinavian Studies Program
       of Jamestown, New York

Assimilation of immigrant groups in this country naturally involves
the melding of the immigrant and American cultures.
As time passes, the immigrant culture tends to weaken
among the original immigrants' descendants.
The strong Scandinavian heritage of this area is in danger
of being lost with the passing of our elders and their skills.
The Scandinavian Studies Program was established in 1986 to respond to this challenge.
It's purpose is to broaden and strengthen our community's awareness
and understanding of it's Scandinavian heritage and culture by:

Sponsoring programs and activities that enhance understanding and appreciation
       of Scandinavian culture and heritage, with particular emphasis on activities and
       programs for our community's youth.
Supporting visits and exchanges between Scandinavians and Americans.
Fostering development of Sister City Relationships in Scandinavian coutries.
Acting as an umbrella for all Scandinavian clubs and groups for coordination
        of events, sevices, and support.

Scandinavian Studies Committee Assignment of
Jamestown Community College

Executive & Finance

  • L. Durand Peterson, Executive Chair
  • Curt Westrom, Finance Chair
  • Juanita (Toots) Porter
  • Don Sandy
  • Greg Fish

Student Internship

  • Greg Fish, Chair
  • L. Durand Peterson
  • Curt Westrom

Publication / Newsletter / Website

  • Gwen Axelson, Chair
  • Donna Johnson
  • Dee Dee Hansen
  • Don Sandy


  • Curt Westrom
  • Durand Peterson
  • Greg Fish
  • Jon O'Brian

Program Committee

  • Juanita (Toots) Porter, Chair
  • Gwen Axelson
  • Scott Axelson
  • Susanna Ecklof
  • Dee Dee Hansen
  • Donna Johnson
  • Jeff Kroon
  • Karen Livsey
  • Maria Malmstrom
  • Lynne Meyers
  • Jon O'Brian
  • Ed Sandberg
  • Don Sandy
  • Petter Turnquist

Genealogy Saga of the Hills Book

  • Karen Livsey
  • Mary Ann Ingrao
  • Donna Johnson
  • Ed Sandberg


  • John Sellstrom

Swedish Council

  • Steve Sellstrom

Scandinavian Studies Program
525 Falconer Street
PO Box 20
Jamestown, NY 14702-0020
Phone: 716.338.1185
Fax: 716.338.1460

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