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Finns of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula book released by Finnish American Heritage Center

November 28, 2018

The Finns’ influence on Upper Michigan’s life, history and culture is well documented. Now, it’s also well compiled and ready for a place on your bookshelf or coffee table. The Finnish American Heritage Center has recently completed a book in the “Images of America” series through Arcadia Press titled “Finns of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.”

Finns of Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Though the book includes contributions from some other agencies, it primarily contains images from the FAHC’s extensive photo collection. The book illustrates a spectrum of the experiences of Finns across the Upper Peninsula, a region in which many Finnish Americans have roots.

In fact, the westernmost five counties of Upper Michigan are the only counties in the United States where Finnish is the predominant ancestry, according to the most recent census records.

Regardless of where a person’s roots are in the U.P., they’re sure to find images in this book that’ll surely spark memories of remarkable places, people and events.

“Finns of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula” is available for purchase now through North Wind Books and other outlets. The retail price is $21.99 per copy.

The Finnish American Heritage Center staff — Director Jim Kurtti, FAR?Assistant Editor Dave Maki and Archivist Joanna Chopp — are the editors of this book, with assistance from many individuals and historical organizations, as well as former FAHC interns Emppu Siltaloppi, Mika Tompuri and Pauliina Lehto.

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