The Finlandia Association held its second annual fundraising raffle on Sunday 29 September during its open house at Culture Days.
This year, a 2019 Kawasaki Mule SX 4×4 XC LE FI c/w PJ 77″ and a 14′ utility trailer valued at $15,726.20 were on offer and about 1500 tickets were sold under Lottery Licence M807349.
The lucky winner was Wil Salo. Congratulations! We wish him many happy muddy rides this fall.
We’d also like to thank our sponsors who helped make this raffle possible.
Finally, a big thank you to everyone who bought tickets. Your continued support helps the Finlandia Association of Thunder Bay to maintain the historic building and to provide quality community programming.
This year’s Culture Days open house at the Finlandia had lots to offer. A variety of stations were set up around the hall so that people could browse through a bit of the Finlandia’s past and the present. Costumes from the avid theatre days were on display, a well as information booths about current activities and groups in the hall.
Sue Hammel, of Seek Adventure Tours gave personalized tours of the building and the Pelimannit provided a lovely musical backdrop to it all.
Thank you to everyone who participated, especially the events committee for putting on such a great display! We look forward to doing it again in 2020.
Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society is pleased and excited to
celebrate with members and friends the results of the “Increasing Access to the
Finnish-Language Archives” project at a public event, May 3rd at the
Embassy from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Finnish Labour Temple. Invitations
will be sent out soon.
small physical exhibit comprised of signs and duplicate records, will be
viewed. The exhibit will also be shared at other upcoming events. This, along
with web content, helps to increase public awareness of these documents.
project has been made possible by the Government of Canada. TBFCHS was
successful in receiving funding for a Library and Archives (LAC) Documentary
Heritage Community Programme (DHCP) grant for the 2018-2019 funding cycle. The
project began in early May 2018 and was completed at the end of March 2019.
Historical Society had resolved to launch an ambitious project that would make
archival materials that highlight Finnish contributions to Canadian society
accessible to Finnish and non-Finnish speaking audiences. This idea for this
project was further informed by the fact that an increasingly large portion of
the Society’s membership – many of whom have retained a deep appreciation for
Finnish culture, history, and heritage, but do not speak the language – are
unable to access the Finnish-language archival collection, and in many
instances, the histories of their ancestors.
such, the aim of this project was to increase digital and hard-copy access to
Finnish-language archives housed at Lakehead University in northwestern
Ontario, throughout Canada, and internationally. Up until now, access to these
records has been limited by linguistic and geographic barriers. Increased
description, digitization, and select translation of historically significant
documents has opened hidden materials to researchers and the general public,
preserving and honouring this unique Finnish-Canadian heritage.
a recipient of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) for
2018-2019, we were able to attract a very qualified researcher in this area. We
needed someone who was fully fluent in written Finnish and written English,
including a solid understanding of “Finglish” and regional dialects; had
educational and professional experience in conducting research and writing at a
high level; and had the ability to work independently on a self-directed
researcher we hired, Saku Pinta, is a first-generation-Finnish-Canadian and a
published author with a doctoral degree. Given his background and heritage,
this project had tremendous, personal significance for him. As he noted, the
history that is contained in the Finnish-language archives is intimately bound
up with who he is – a cultural inheritance that has provided him with purpose
and meaning throughout his life.
our researcher is involved in public broadcasting and in film-making, his media
contacts have helped to promote interest in the results of this project. We
also have shared translations, finding aids, and updates on a project blog. One
of the posts here was edited for publication on the Active History blog also.
The project blog can be found at this link: https://finnisharchivestbay.wordpress.com/
funding has also enabled us to provide improved description to several fonds
written primarily in Finnish, including translations of several key documents.
Some have been posted on the project blog; others will be posted shortly. This
increases access to this history for English-speaking researchers in Thunder
Bay and worldwide.
Some of the main results of the project are as follows:
The creation of a set of public-display-friendly posters, including results of research, and a collage of remarkable finds from each collection,
A finding aid for the previously unprocessed Canadan Suomalainen Järjestö [Finnish Organization of Canada] fonds,
A collage featuring an array of North American labour martyrs was uncovered in the CTKL collection. A blog post on this topic generated considerable interest, and was rewritten for the Active History blog,
Digitized and translated from Finnish to English, for the first time, the minutes of the Third Representative Assembly of the Finnish Organization of Canada (February 1922), the first minute book of the Hoito Restaurant (1918-1920), and the rules and a membership application form for the Canadian Industrial Unionist Support League (c. 1920s),
The researcher has provided other writings placing these materials in historical context and providing an analysis of their significance to the Finnish-Canadian community and beyond.
this funding, this project would not have been possible. Neither TBFCHS nor
Lakehead University Library would have been able to fund this work, leaving
records insufficiently processed and poorly understood. The quality of the work
done supports an understanding of the history of the Finnish North-American
experience, particularly in Thunder Bay.
is still much work to be done in the area of Finnish-language archives
digitization, translation, and collections processing. Help us build momentum
for future work and, most importantly, come and celebrate the achievements of
the “Increasing Access to the Finnish-language Archives” project on May 3.