HANCOCK, MI — The Finnish American Folk School at Finlandia will host internationally-renowned roots musician Laurel Premo on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock. Premo, a UP-native, will teach and perform to kick off a new year of programming at the Folk School.
From 2-4PM EST, Premo will lead a group music workshop, teaching traditional Finnish instrumental tunes on the fiddle and sharing information about their roots. Through working up these melodies, students will [...]
A semester of celebration culminated on Sunday, Dec. 5 in a full day of dance, musical performances and worship. Dozens of Finlandia University friends and family members gathered to commemorate the institution’s 125th Anniversary alongside the observance of a now 104-year-long tradition, Finnish Independence Day.
David Maki, Interim Director of the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) on Finlandia’s campus, delivered the Independence Day program’s opening remarks.
“Today is another significant milestone in Finlandia University’s history as we celebrate the 125th Anniversary of [...]
The Finnish American Folk School has released its first newsletter, 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.
On Dec. 5, Finlandia will celebrate its 125th Anniversary with two spectacular events!
Join us at 10:30 a.m. for Sunday Worship at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock, MI and then join us again at 1:00 p.m. for a special, one-of-a-kind 125th Anniversary Edition of Finlandia’s Annual Finnish Independence Day Observance being held at the Finnish American Heritage Center on Finlandia’s campus!
For those interested in attending, both events will require masks and sign-in. For those unable to attend, both events will also [...]
This week on Finlandia Fridays, new Executive Assistant to the President, Kailee Laplander, joins the show to talk about Finlandia’s upcoming 125th Anniversary celebrations on December 3, 4 and 5. For the first time, Laplander dives into these three special days of storytelling, Folk School workshops, art, worship and musical performances. The weekend culminates on Sunday with a special edition program of Finlandia’s Annual Finnish Independence Day Observance.
“We are coming together to celebrate our 125 years through several events between [...]
The Lily I. Jutila Center was renovated and reopened in 2005 to create a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in the community. The Jutila Center aims to nurture students in their transition from college to business along with providing a collaborative, experiential learning environment between students, faculty and industry to learn and apply the best sustainable business practices. The proud home of Finlandia’s International School of Art & Design, the Jutila Center holds state-of-the-art computer labs utilized [...]
Autumn is usually the time of year when gardeners put their plots to bed for the long winter, but last month members of the Buellwood Weavers and Fiber Artists Guild gathered at the Finnish American Folk School in Hancock, Michigan to break ground on a natural dye garden.
Dyeing yarn and fabric with plants and other natural materials is a traditional craft still practiced today in Finland. Here in Michigan’s Keweenaw, local fiber artists grow and gather materials to create a [...]
Finlandia University was honored to receive a collection of artwork by the preeminent Finnish American artist Gerald Matthew Immonen. In 1996 Immonen was the featured artist in Finlandia University’s Annual Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series Exhibition, the longest running exhibit series in the United States celebrating the accomplishments of Finnish American artists.
Finlandia University’s collection of paintings, drawings, sketches and research materials by Gerald Immonen has great significance for the university. “We truly value our role as stewards of Finnish [...]
Hancock, MI – Fall courses are underway at the Finnish American Folk School’s Festival Ruska in Hancock. Registration is still open for some classes and workshops, including two unique musical opportunities. Kay Seppala will teach 5-String Kantele for Beginners in the Finnish American Heritage Center Hall in Hancock on Tuesdays October 12-November 9 from 6:30-7:30pm. The kantele, a plucked lap harp, is the national instrument of Finland. Students may bring their own kantele or borrow one from the Heritage Center. [...]
Readers may already be familiar with the Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan as the home of this newspaper, but for some it may come as a surprise to know that the Heritage Center is also home to the Finnish American Folk School. Since 2017 the folk school – the first of its kind in the United States – has offered unique opportunities for education and exploration of traditional Finnish folkways including arts, crafts, food, and [...]