The Increasing Access to the Finnish-Language Archives Project: Celebrating Finnish-Canadian Heritage, History, and Culture
May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The 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.
A 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.
The 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.
As 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.
For more detailed information about the project, please see the article in full on the Finlandia website here: https://www.thefinlandia.com/the-increasing-access-to-the-finnish-language-archives-project-celebrating-finnish-canadian-heritage-history-and-culture/