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 and the beautiful Martha Wiljanen Community Hall is available to the public as a rental space. The Heritage Center is also the home of the Finnish American Folk School.

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.

We invite you to explore everything we have to offer, and encourage you to help us fulfill our mission by donating money to the Finnish American Heritage Center.


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Hours and Location – IMPORTANT UPDATE


Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia UniversityThe Heritage Center is currently operating under COVID-19 restrictions, and our staff often works remotely. Until further notice, we ask researchers, donors, and visitors to call or email in advance to determine how we may best serve your needs.  Contact information for all FAHC staff can be found HERE.

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we remain committed to serving the greater Finnish American community.



435 Quincy Street
Hancock, MI 49930


The Finnish American Heritage Center is the primary site of the Finnish American Folk School (FAFS).


Through the creation of an inter-generational, multi-national Finnish folk school at the Heritage Center (and nearby satellite sites) we’re developing a sustainable system through which Finnish cultural traditions are learned by folk school attendees and subsequently taught by those attendees to future generations.

The activities take place at times when the Copper Country traditionally hosts Finnish culturally-themed festivals: Heikinpäivä (January), Juhannus/Midsummer (June), and Ruska (September).