Two Cent Bridge Kotlas - Waterville Area
Sister City Connection
P.O. Box 1747
Waterville, ME 04903-1747
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About the Kotlas Connection

The Kotlas – Waterville Area Sister City Connection strives to develop friendship and understanding between the peoples of Greater Waterville and of Kotlas, a city of 82,000 people in northwestern Russia. To that end, the Kotlas Connection sponsors educational and cultural programs in the Waterville area to raise awareness of Russia and Kotlas. It also sponsors exchanges of people and ideas between Greater Waterville and Kotlas.

The first meeting between Watervillians and Kotlassians occurred in April 1989, when three Waterville area residents journeyed to Kotlas. This meeting was the culmination of 5½ years of trying to establish a sister city relationship with Kotlas. In June of 1990, the mayor of Kotlas led a four-person delegation to Waterville. During that visit, he signed a proclamation with Waterville's mayor declaring Kotlas and Waterville sister cities. The two mayors also planted a cluster of birch trees, common in both Maine and Northern Russia, by the Waterville end of the Two Cent Bridge, comemmorating the new sister city partnership. In 2010, the Kotlas Connection held a series of events to mark the twentieth anniversary of this accord.

Since 1990, some 60 to 70 Waterville area residents have visited our sister city, and a similar number of Kotlassians have come here. The Kotlas Connection and its predecessor, the Waterville Area Kotlas Committee, have sent cargo containers of humanitarian aid to Kotlas on two occasions, have sponsored extended visits by five high school students and one teacher from Kotlas, held concerts of Russian music, arranged a year-long student exchange on the theme of rivers, organized a visits by business and medical delegations from Kotlas, and, every spring since 1993, organized a day of workshops about Russia and Russian culture for middle school students from Central Maine and beyond.

The Kotlas Connection is governed by an executive committee elected by the organization's members at its annual meeting each fall. We rely on members and volunteers for donations of time and money. To join the Kotlas Connection, please fill out the membership form and send it and your dues by postal mail to the Kotlas Connection. For more information about the Kotlas Connection, read a history of our early days, peruse a thematic timeline of all our projects and exchanges, browse our newsletter archives, and meet our Kotlas counterparts. If you have questions about the Kotlas Connection or its programs, you may write to us for more information.

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Last revised: 08/20/2015