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“For a century, Settlers Co-op in Bruce Crossing has been the hub of a very Finnish-American community, serving patrons and passers-through at the crossroads of Highways 45 and 28 in the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Filmmaker Kristin Ojaniemi, a daughter of the community, captures the history and collective memories of the residents and patrons of the Co-op,  from its humble beginnings in 1917 to the present day.  This film goes beyond one U.P. community; rather, it celebrates the legacy of the Finnish-American co-operative movement in America.”

“Co-operatively Yours” is the second feature-length production by Kristin Lee Ojaniemi (Oja Media), a lifelong resident of Bruce Crossing, Michigan.  She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and is the Creative Services Director for Channel 12 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin; she also teaches a course in digital video at Nicolet College.

This film was created in collaboration with the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) here at Finlandia University, a national center for the preservation and promotion of Finnish-American and Finnish culture in America.

For details on how to purchase a copy of this film, please contact the FAHC at 906-487-7302 or email archive@finlandia.edu.