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Joanna Chopp is Archivist at Finnish American Historical Archive
Chopp's work is to preserve and maintain the collections of the archive and museum, which include historical and cultural records, artifacts, and original artwork.
"Another large part of my job is helping patrons access this collection, from genealogists, students, and faculty to tourists and visiting dignitaries," Chopp explains. "I hope that another piece of what I do here will be expanding community outreach, letting more people know what the archive has to offer, how to use it, and what a valuable asset it is to the area."
She says she is also looking forward to becoming involved in the many Finnish-American activities in Hancock and the U.P., including FinnFest USA 2013 and the activities of the City of Hancock's Finnish Theme Committee.
Chopp has a bachelor of science in history and English from Northern Michigan University, Marquette. She is working to complete a master's of library and information science (MLS), with a concentration in archival studies, through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
She and her family recently returned to Michigan's Upper Peninsula from Ladysmith, Wis., where for seven years she taught history, English, and literature at Ladysmith High School. Both she and her husband, Jeremy Chopp, were born and raised in the U.P. They have two daughters, Miina, who is three, and seven-month-old Amelia. They live in Toivola.
"All of our extended family is here, and our ancestors were loggers, farmers, and miners (like most native Yoopers)," Chopp notes. "We're so very happy to be able to come back to the Copper Country!"
Contact Joanna Chopp at 906-487-7347 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the archive on the lower level of the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock.
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