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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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 [...]

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January 20, 2022

Finnish American Folk School to host musician Laurel Premo

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 [...]

Gerald Matthew Immonen
December 30, 2021

Gerald Matthew Immonen Collection Virtual Tour | Finlandia University Gallery

Earlier this year, Finlandia University was the proud recipient of a collection of artwork by the preeminent Finnish American artist Gerald Matthew Immonen (1936-2011). Immonen’s ties to Finlandia go back decades as once a featured artist in the Finlandia University Annual Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series Exhibition, the longest-running exhibit series in the United States celebrating the accomplishments of Finnish American artists.

Immonen’s exhibit, Into Another World: Works by Finnish American artist Gerald Matthew Immonen (1936-2011), was on display at the [...]

Folk School
December 7, 2021

Finnish American Folk School release newsletter

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.

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After a period of quiet, the Finnish American Folk School (FAFS) is back and we’re excited to share our latest news with you. As some 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 [...]