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125th Anniversary Sunday Worship
December 13, 2021

Finlandia celebrates 125th Anniversary

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 [...]

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December 3, 2021

Join us for our 125th Anniversary celebrations on Dec. 5!

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 [...]

Mika Tompuri Finlandia Fridays
February 2, 2018

Finnish intern Mika Tompuri talks about experience in United States

Finlandia Fridays was visited this week by the Finnish American Heritage Center’s intern Mika Tompuri. Tompuri hails from Finland, and just recently graduated with his master’s degree in English, German and teacher’s education. “After graduating I was thinking about what to do, and I noticed the National Board of Education in Finland was advertising for these internships, so I figured I might as well apply,” said Tompuri when asked how he wound up at [...]

December 6, 2017

Never Forgotten: Finland’s Independence Day celebrated each year since 1917

Suomi College President Ralph J. Jalkanen speaks to the first ever FinnFest crowd celebrating Finland’s bicentennial on Finlandia’s campus in 1976.

As Finland celebrates its centennial of independence today, there have been special events taking place around the country honoring this milestone, in all corners of the United States where there are Finnish-settled communities.

A century ago, there weren’t as many celebrations honoring Finland’s independence taking place in the United States – except in Hancock at Suomi College, which was [...]

Jim Kurtti Finlandia Fridays
December 1, 2017

Celebrating the Finnish Centennial with Jim Kurtti

Finlandia Fridays was visited by another familiar face this week with guest star Jim Kurtti, the director of the Finnish American Heritage Center. Kurtti stopped by to talk about the 100th anniversary celebration of Finnish Independence.

“It has been a whole year of centennial celebrations, both here in the Copper Country and around the country,” stated Kurtti. The final event will be hosted in the Keewenaw at the Rozsa Center, located on Michigan Tech’s [...]

November 30, 2017

Finlandia University hosting Gala Concert in honor of Finland’s independence

As it has every year since Finland became independent in 1917, Finlandia University is celebrating Finland’s Independence Day. This year, since it’s Finland’s 100th anniversary of achieving independence, the university has planned a gala concert that can truly be described as a once-in-a-lifetime event.

The concert will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 2 at Michigan Technological University’s Rozsa Center, with a coffee social one hour prior. The headliner for this event is Minneapolis-based and renowned [...]