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Finnish American Heritage Center
English / Finnish
History of the Finnish American Heritage Center
Since its grand opening in 1990, Finlandia University's Finnish American Heritage Center has become a community focal point and a national center, offering a multitude of exhibits, lectures, plays, musical programs and community events each year. The building is a popular stop for tourists.
Finnish immigrants dreamed of an institution that would provide religious education, perpetuate the Finnish language and preserve their experience in North America. Suomi College (now Finlandia University) built in 1896, is the realization of that dream, and the only remaining North American institution of higher learning founded by Finnish Americans.
Hours and Location
The Finnish American Heritage Center is located in downtown Hancock, Michigan, at 435 Quincy Street (U.S. 41 North). The Heritage Center is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.