Community Enrichment Programs
The FAHC offers a whirlwind of activities including enrichment classes, guest lectures, exhibits, and the Nordic Film Series, as well as other special events. See what we have coming up below!
Eelu Kiviranta's "The Copper Country Strike of 1913"
Monday, September 23 7 pm
The Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University will host a reading of Eelu Kiviranta's narrative poem "The Copper Country Strike of 1913" on Monday, September 23 at 7 pm. This poem provides us with a look at the strike and its effects on the area from the perspective of one who saw it firsthand. Included in the poem is mention of the Italian Hall disaster. This presentation of the poem by his granddaughter Lillian Lehto will consist of a reading enhanced by a simultaneous keynote presentation of period archival photographs illustrating many of the scenes mentioned in the poem. Lillian Lehto's translations of a number of his poems were published in a book entitled "A Rascal's Craft" in July 2010. The presentation will be followed by discussion and coffee. This event is free and open to the public. The Finnish American Heritage Center is located on the campus of Finlandia University at 435 Quincy Street in Hancock. For more information, call 487-7505.
Nordic Film Series Screening of "Prinsessa"
Thursday, October 10 2 pm and 6 pm
The Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University will show the film "Prinsessa" (Princess, Finland, 2010) on Thursday, October 10 as a part of its Nordic Film Series. Based on a true story, this film follows Anna Lappalainen as she enters a mental hospital in 1940s Finland and quickly assumes the identity of Prinsessa, a royal princess separated from her true family at birth. With her fellow patients, Prinsessa constructs an imaginative life in the asylum that is more bearable than the alternative. This film is presented in the Finnish language with English subtitles. The films will be shown at 2 pm and 6 pm at the Finnish American Heritage Center, located on the campus of Finlandia University at 435 Quincy Street in Hancock. These presentations are free and open to the public. For more information call 906-487-7505.
Finnish Fiddle and Accordion Workshops with Sara Pajunen and Teija Niku of Aallotar
Saturday, October 12 1:00-2:30 pm
The Finnish folk music duo Aallotar will teach music workshops on Saturday, October 12 as part of its first tour together since forming. The duo features violinist Sara Pajunen (of the popular Minneapolis-based folk duo Kaivama) and accordionist Teija Niku (of the acclaimed Helsinki-based folk duo Polka Chicks). Both were performers at this year's FinnFest USA in the Copper Country, and both are excited to return to the area. The duo will offer workshops in their respective instruments from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. These workshops are open to students of all levels and abilities, though some experience is necessary. Registration for the workshops is $25. Violins are available to rent for $5. To register, call 487-7505.
Aallotar in Concert
Saturday, October 12 7:00 pm
$5 admission at the door
A character from Finland's national epic "Kalevala," Aallotar is a daughter of the waves; her name has graced the hulls of Finnish ships for centuries - ships that separated the ancestors of Aallotar's members: Finn Teija Niku and Finnish-American Sara Pajunen. Now, in the 21st century, they revisit earlier days of Finnish folk music - but with an ocean and a century of musical influence between them. Singing in both English and Finnish, Teija and Sara pay tribute to their respective cultures, which, although they pulsate with many of the same values and energy of 100 years ago, have grown apart. The music of Aallotar is an exploration of those differences, with the intention to create new commonalities that may bridge the spaces which water has filled.
Nordic Film Series Screening of "Fishin' for Tradition: The Lutefisk Saga"
Thursday, November 14 2 pm and 6 pm
On Thursday, November 14, the Finnish American Heritage Center will show the film "Fishin' for Tradition: The Lutefisk Saga" (USA, 2009) as part of its Nordic Film Series. Filmmaker Eric J. Nelson takes us into the mystifying tradition of lutefisk as it exists among Norwegian-Americans in the Upper Midwest. From the community lutefisk dinners held in basements of Lutheran churches and Sons of Norway Lodges to the purveyors of lutefisk in America, we explore the role this traditional "fish jello" plays in Norwegian American culture today. The films will be shown at 2 pm and 6 pm at the Finnish American Heritage Center, located on the campus of Finlandia University at 435 Quincy Street in Hancock. These presentations are free and open to the public. For more information call 906-487-7505.
All community programs and enrichment activities take place at the Finnish American Heritage Center on the campus of Finlandia University at 435 Quincy Street in Hancock. To register or for more information, contact FAHC Director James Kurtti at 487-7302.