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Mark Munger
January 17, 2020

Mark Munger to visit North Wind Books January 25

On Saturday, January 25 author of “Suomalaiset“, Mark Munger will be visiting North Wind Books for a book signing and author discussion.

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 [...]

December 12, 2019

Finnish American Heritage Center to host Finnish fiddling workshops in January

The Community Pelimannit, a series of six Finnish fiddling workshops, will be held January 6–23, 2020, hosted by Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center.

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 [...]

Michael Babcock with Meeri Kataja and Riina Rastas
February 1, 2019

Finn-terns Meeri Kataja and Riina Rastas talk Heikinpäivä

Dropping by the Finlandia Fridays studios this chilly week are Finnish interns Meeri Kataja and Riina Rastas. Both Kataja and Rastas are working in the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC). The FAHC brings in Finnish interns throughout the year to bring in another aspect of Finnish culture to the university and the local area.

Kataja is from Espoo, the second largest city, located near Helsinki. Studying at the University of Helsinki Social Sciences, Kataja is assisting down in the archives [...]

January 21, 2019

Students and employees invited to participate in Heikinpäivä parade

All employees and students at Finlandia University are invited to join in the Heikinpäivä 2019 parade on Saturday in downtown Hancock. The parade begins at 11 a.m., and those interested in marching should plan to arrive around 10:30. The group will gather near the former Bridge School building on on Quincy Street (see map below).

Learn more about Heikinpäivä on the event’s official website. Please contact Karin Van Dyke with any questions about the parade.

January 3, 2019

Nordic Film Series resumes with uplifting Finnish documentary on January 10

The Nordic Film Series at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center resumes January 10 with a Finnish documentary that will uplift the spirits of the audience and kick off the 2019 Heikinpäivä festival.

Hobbyhorse Revolution,” a 2017 film, will show at 2 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 10. It is a funny and moving film about the power of imagination and the strength of a community. The film follows three young girls, Aisku, Elsa and Alisa, whose lives have been [...]

Jonathan Rundman Finlandia Fridays
January 26, 2018

Musician Jonathan Rundman discusses artist in residency for Heikinpäivä

Finlandia Fridays was visited this week by musician Jonathan Rundman. Rundman is the musician in residence this year for Heikinpäivä. Originally from Ishpeming, Rundman currently lives in the Twin Cities and makes a living off being a singer-songwriter. Rundman stated that he always wanted to be a musician, even when he was little, and was glad his career kick started in the 90’s, before streaming was around. Heikinpäivä, and other small festivals, are great for independent artists [...]

January 26, 2018

Karl Bohnak and Kathryn Remlinger book signing scheduled for Heikinpäivä

North Wind Books welcoming two regional authors

Authors Karl Bohnak and Kathryn Remlinger will be on hand for Heikinpäivä 2018 with book signings scheduled for Saturday, January 27. Bohnak will be at North Wind Books starting at 11 a.m., and Remlinger will be at the Finnish American Heritage Center’s Historical Archive starting at 1 p.m.

The signings are being hosted by North Wind Books, the official bookstore of Finlandia University. Books from both authors are available now.

About Karl Bohnak

Karl Bohnak is [...]

January 8, 2018

Monday marks beginning of Spring 2018 semester

Another semester at Finlandia University begins today, Monday, January 8, 2018. The semester should be an exciting one for those at the university with all the fun that comes along with a spring semester. Below are some of the highlights of things to look forward to, as well as a quick look at the academic calendar.

MLK Day of Service

On Monday, January 15 there will be no classes as students, staff and faculty get out and get involved in service projects [...]

Finnish American Heritage Center
January 3, 2018

Social dance class open to Finlandia students and community

There’s no better way to warm yourself on a chilly winter’s evening than to dance. And Heikinpäivä 2018 is offering plenty of opportunities to do just that – even for folks who’ve never danced before.

That’s because the City of Hancock’s Finnish Theme Committee is partnering with Finlandia University to offer an eight-week class in social dance that’ll teach even the most firmly-rooted wallflower some of the most enjoyable and easy to learn dance steps. Led by Finlandia University Fiber [...]

January 2, 2018

Nordic Film Series opens Heikinpäivä with Oscar nominee

A film by the Copper Country’s favorite Finnish director will screen at the Finnish American Heritage Center on Thursday, January 11 at 2 and 6 p.m. as this month’s installment of the Nordic Film Series.

The Fencer” by Klaus Härö, which was Finland’s entry as the Best Foreign Language Film for the 2015 Oscars, tells the story of a young man who fled Russia to Estonia to evade the secret police. He finds work as a teacher and [...]