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December 2, 2020

Finnish Independence Day Celebration will be held on Dec. 6 at FAHC

Story originally published by the Finnish American Heritage Center. 

Compelled not to break with tradition, Finlandia University will celebrate Finland’s Independence on December 6 at 5:30 p.m., as it has done in some iteration for the last 103 years. This year’s commemoration, under-stated and COVID-19 restriction compliant, will for the first time incorporate an Independence Day not seen before in the Upper Peninsula – a torch light procession from Hancock’s City Hall to the Finnish American Heritage Center, where a [...]

July 31, 2020

Finnish American Heritage Center staff still providing services despite closed building

Although the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) building has been closed to the public since mid-March, the staff are still diligently providing services to the community. Assistant Editor of the Finnish American Reporter, David Maki, describes all the ways the community can take advantage of the services they offer from afar. 

What services are the FAHC staff providing at this time?

We’re still providing most of the interpersonal services we have been offering, but with adjustments that have public [...]

Nordic Film Series
March 3, 2020

CANCELLED: Nordic Film Series to feature Finnish historical drama on March 12

Updated 3/12/20: With the primary concern of patron safety, the Finnish American Heritage Center’s Nordic Film Series screening for today is cancelled.

A Finnish film based on the infamous witch hunts in the Nordic countries in the 1600s is the March selection for the Finnish American Heritage Center’s Nordic Film Series. Screenings will take place at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 at the Finnish American Heritage Center.

Tulen Morsian” (The Devil’s Bride) [...]

December 12, 2019

Finnish American Heritage Center to host Finnish fiddling workshops in January

The Community Pelimannit, a series of six Finnish fiddling workshops, will be held January 6–23, 2020, hosted by Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center.

The Community Pelimannit (“fiddlers” in Finnish) offers the opportunity to experience the rich Finnish musical heritage of the Upper Peninsula by providing quality fiddle instruction in a fun, supportive group learning environment.  Classes are open to the community, and to all levels of playing experience.  Participants will learn a variety of Finnish fiddle tunes, develop [...]

December 12, 2019

Scholarships Created Through Harju Gift, FAHC Director Position Endowed

Onni and Dorothea Harju

Finlandia University has received one of its most significant endowment gifts to date from the estate of Onni and Dorothea Harju.

Like many other Finnish American men, Onni grew up on a farm with very humble beginnings. Through his lifetime of hard work and investment – which included growing Christmas trees on the Red Granite, Wisconsin farmland – Onni planted his strong Finnish roots by investing in the future.

Onni was born in Bessemer, Michigan in 1918, [...]

November 27, 2019

Finnish Independence Day Program to Honor Women

It’s been nearly 100 years since women in the U.S. earned the right to vote, exactly 100 years since the U.S. began official diplomatic relations with Finland, and 175 years since Minna Canth, Finland’s most famed champion for women’s rights, was born. Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center invites everyone to a program on December 6 celebrating all of these milestones and Finland’s Independence Day.

Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center, the program honoring Finland’s [...]

November 20, 2019

2020 Diploma Works Exhibition – Finlandia University International School of Art & Design

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The exhibition will be running from May 2 – May 28.

Presented annually, the Diploma Works exhibit features the work of International School of Art and Design graduating BFA students. The exhibit pieces represent each graduating student’s final body of work and take the form of intensive research projects, individual artwork, or design prototypes.


November 20, 2019

CANCELED: Juried Student Exhibition/Fashion Show 2020 – Finlandia University International School of Art & Design

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Fashion Show begins at 7:30 p.m., Awards for Excellence presented immediately following the fashion show.

The show will be running from April 2 – April 21.

The annual juried exhibition includes work by the International School of Art & Design students studying the fine art and design disciplines of intermedia, drawing, painting and illustration, ceramic and glass, fiber and fashion design, sculpture, product and interior design, graphic design, and digital media.

November 20, 2019

Alumni Exhibit 2020 – Finlandia University International School of Art & Design

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Artist talk beginning at 7:20 p.m. – The Alumni Exhibit will be running from February 20 – March 18

Over the 21 years since the inception of the BFA degree program at Finlandia University, the International School of Art & Design had graduated 190 students in five concentrations including Ceramic Design, Fiber/Fashion Design, Integrated Design, Graphic Design and Intermedia Arts. This exhibit will spotlight the continuing work of these alumni artists active [...]

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