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Finnish Independence Day Celebration Is December 1, 6:30 p.m.

HANCOCK, MI - The Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC), Hancock, will host its 94th annual Finnish Independence Day celebration on Thursday, December 1, starting at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

This year's Finnish Independence Day celebration is presented in conjunction with an opening reception for the Finlandia University Gallery Contemporary Finnish-American Artist Series 20th Year Retrospective Exhibition.

At the event, honored guest Anneli Halonen, cultural counselor of the Embassy of Finland, Washington D.C., will present a talk titled, "Cultural Identity and Finnish Art." Several artists whose work is featured in the Retrospective exhibit will speak about the influence of their Finnish American heritage on their artwork.

The Finnish Independence Day program will also include musical performances, announcement of the 2012 Hankooki Heikki awardee, and refreshments.

The Finnish American Heritage Center is located on the campus of Finlandia University at 435 Quincy Street, Hancock.

For more information, contact Hilary Virtanen, FAHC programming coordinator, at 906-487-7505.