Kalevalathon is back again for another year. Join students and faculty in celebration of Kalevala Day on Friday, February 28 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center as they read the Finnish epic poem, the Kalevala.
Munger recently released the final book in his historical trilogy, Kotimaa. In his new release, readers follow immigrant Anders Alhomaki on his journey from Finland to Minnesota in the 1890s to Finland’s Centennial Independence Day.
“The first two novels in the trilogy have been popular in the Finnish-American community,” said [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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.
The new season gets under way Thursday, October 10 with 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. screenings of the suspenseful Finnish film “Anselmi – nuori ihmissusi” (Anselm – the Young Werewolf) a 2014 film by directors Sami Palolampi and Matti Pekkanen.
The film features Anselm, who has lived his entire life on [...]
It was the middle of June when Megan Gmitro arrived to begin her summer internship with Finlandia University, a place that holds so much of her family history. Gmitro is the great granddaughter of former FinnU president Antti Lepistö. Lepistö served as president from 1927 to 1930 after moving to Hancock from Mäntyharju, Finland. Gmitro’s grandmother and grandfather, Jane and Antti Lepisto, also have ties to the university. Her grandmother graduated from Finlandia in 1959 and served on the Board [...]
Dr. Soderberg, dermatologist, will be conducting a free skin cancer screening on May 25th at the Finnish American Heritage Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. The Finlandia University Student Nurses’ Association as well as Dr. Soderberg and his team will be on site to conduct the exams and help you through the process.
The Finnish American Folk School welcomes Finnish musical instrument maker Minna Hokka to the Copper Country this June as part of Juhannus 2019. She’ll be offering a slate of programming that will provide attendees with a unique skill set – and at an unbelievable price!
Hokka, who’s invested much of her adult life into creating musical instruments from materials found in nature, will offer as many as nine unique courses during her two-week [...]
Finlandia University Gallery in the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock announces its return to spring/summer hours. Beginning May 9th, the gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.