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Subject Profile: Sivert Westvick and Anna Sather

Sivert Westvick and Anna Sather

Sivert Westvick and Anna Sather met and fell in love in Trondheim, Norway, and vowed to go to Canada together. They booked passage on the Titanic in 1912 but missed the boat. When they finally made the journey it was no accident that the small town they chose as their destination on the Alberta prairies was called New Norway.

Sivert and Anna were strangers to the land of Canada. It was a land that valued large families, and boys -- with strong backs to clear the land and build the towns. The Westvicks first babies, Irene and Kackei, were twin girls -- the first of five.

But Sivert and Anna realized that education was most important. They convinced a piano teacher to move to New Norway and set their family on a musical path, a path of ideas. Eighty-six years later, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren speak of the legacy they left behind, the New Norway of the heart and mind that helped transform the old world into the new.


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