Lecture: "People, Place and Time: Michigan's Copper Country Through the Lens of J.W. Nara, 1874-1934."
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"People, Place and Time: Michigan's Copper Country Through the Lens of J.W. Nara, 1874-1934."

Wednesday, November 3, at 12:30 p.m.

HANCOCK, MI - A pair of one-time-only special Finnish-American events highlight the early-November calendar at Finlandia University's Finnish American Heritage Center.

On Wednesday, November 3, at 12:30 p.m., Erik Nordberg, archivist at Michigan Technological University, will give a presentation titled, "People, Place and Time: Michigan's Copper Country Through the Lens of J.W. Nara, 1874-1934." Nordberg will discuss how Nara, a Finnish immigrant to the Copper Country, captured the life and times of the Keweenaw Peninsula with his camera.

A multi-panel exhibit about J.W. Nara and his photographs is on display in the lobby of the Finnish American Heritage Center until early December. The presentation is made possible by the Nara Foundation, which is led by Dr. Robert Nara (J.W. Nara's grandson), and other entities.

On Thursday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m., the FAHC will host "From Finland to North America: Buildings, Landscapes and Cultural Change," an award-winning lecture by Dr. Arnold Alanen, the current Finlandia Foundation National Lecturer of the Year. The event is co-sponsored by Suomi Kerho and the Copper Country Chapter of the Finlandia Foundation.

Alanen is a distinguished cultural landscape historian and a third-generation Finnish American. He is well-known in Finnish-American circles through his popular and well-illustrated presentations at numerous FinnFest events. His lecture will focus on the Finnish immigrant story and the world the immigrants built in North America.

The Finnish American Heritage Center is at 435 Quincy Street in downtown Hancock.

For more information, please call 906-487-7549.