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Philip Johnson 125th Anniversary Banquet
June 28, 2022

‘Semper Reformanda’: Johnson makes final address at 125th Anniversary celebration

After 15 years in office, Dr. Philip Johnson made his final address as President of Finlandia University on June 23, 2022. In the celebratory conclusion of Finlandia’s 125th Anniversary, patrons gathered in Martha Wiljanen Hall to reflect on FinnU’s past while boldly imagining its future.

“Semper reformanda; always reforming,” Johnson said. “As I think about our 125 years, if there is a single thread that weaves its way through our story here at Suomi College, Finlandia University, it’s this idea of [...]

Folk School
June 3, 2022

Folk School announces Juhannus celebrations June 20-25

The Finnish American Folk School has released its May 2022 newsletter! Established by the Finnish American Heritage Center and led by Phyllis Fredendall and Clare Zuraw, the Finnish American Folk School exists to ensure that Finnish-American folk traditions exist for centuries to come.

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The month of June will be a busy one at the FAFS. We hope you’ll be able to join us to learn wheel throwing, sock knitting, or singing and to celebrate midsummer during our [...]

Juhannus
May 31, 2022

Finlandia to celebrate 125th Anniversary, Juhannus in June

A year of anniversary celebrations will culminate in late June at Finlandia University, as the 125-year-old institution celebrates Juhannus (Midsummer) in a one-of-a-kind experience.

For nearly a decade, Finlandia’s Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) has hosted public Juhannus celebrations, in recent years incorporating Finnish American Folk School (FAFS) workshops into a festival atmosphere.

“It’s always exciting and energizing to see all of the Finnish-American activities in this area around Juhannus,” said FAHC director Dave Maki. “It speaks to [...]

Finnish American Folk School
April 22, 2022

Finnish American Folk School adds ceramics and music classes

The Finnish American Folk School at Finlandia University has introduced a new line-up of workshops for spring and early summer. For the first time, ceramics joins music and fiber arts on the list of learning opportunities. Artist Lindsey Heiden will teach Ceramic Wall Flowers for Spring May 2, 3, and 10 from 1-4 p.m. in the Jutila Center Ceramic Studio. Students will learn how to make a set of three decorative wall tiles out of clay. By using hand [...]

Premo Event Photo
April 12, 2022

Finnish American Folk School Newsletter: Spring 2022 Updates

The Finnish American Folk School has released its Spring 2022 newsletter! Established by the Finnish American Heritage Center and led by Phyllis Fredendall and Clare Zuraw, the Finnish American Folk School exists to ensure that Finnish-American folk traditions exist for centuries to come.

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Welcoming Spring at the Finnish American Folk School

As winter weather stretches on here in Hancock, we continue making and learning new things at the Folk School. After a long quiet spell, the Finnish American [...]

Healing for the Healers 2022
March 22, 2022

Local healthcare workers invited to ‘Afternoon of Self-Care’ March 26 at FAHC

A day to offer support and thanks to local healthcare workers, Finlandia University is hosting Healing for the Healers: An Afternoon of Self-Care on Saturday, March 26 at the Finnish American Heritage Center.

Guest speakers will be offering suggestions on ways to care for yourself while you are immersed in caring for others. Presented by Finlandia’s College of Health Sciences, patrons can look forward to spending some time adding to their self-care toolbox while they grab a snack and [...]

Frank Eld Finnebago
March 2, 2022

Bridge Feature: Eld delivers archive in ‘Finnebago’

Former Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) director Jim Kurtti traveled to New England in the fall of 2019 and met with multiple donors who made gracious contributions of Finnish American archives to be preserved and shared with the Archive and Center’s visitors. Until now, the archives were stored in New England before they were able to be transported safely by none other than Frank Eld and his famed ‘Finnebego’. On a journey that started in New England, Eld transported [...]

Laurel Premo
January 28, 2022

Folk School hosting Saturday, Jan. 29 concert & workshop

Tickets are still available for Laurel Premo’s workshop and concert this weekend, January 29th at the Finnish American Heritage Center. Premo will be teaching a Finnish tune workshop for all instruments from 2-4 p.m. and then performing a concert at 7 p.m. This workshop and concert are made possible by generous funding from the American Scandinavian Foundation.

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folk school newsletter january
January 25, 2022

Finnish American Folk School Newsletter: January 2022

The Finnish American Folk School Newsletter is your first stop on all things FAFS! Established by the Finnish American Heritage Center and led by Phyllis Fredendall and Clare Zuraw, the Finnish American Folk School exists to ensure that Finnish-American folk traditions exist for centuries to come.

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Happy New Year from the Finnish American Folk School!

Our schedule for Winter 2022 programs at the FAFS is here! We’re excited to kick off the new year with internationally-renowned roots musician Laurel [...]

David Maki FAHC
January 19, 2022

Finlandia appoints new FAHC director

HANCOCK — For more than 20 years, David Maki served as the “right-hand man” at the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC). Now, he’ll have both hands on the steering wheel, as he takes over leadership of Finlandia University’s most well-established expression of its Finnish roots.

Maki, 45, officially assumed the role of Director of the FAHC in late December. He had been serving as interim director of the Center since the spring 2021 retirement of Jim Kurtti, who was the director [...]