July 24 – 28, 2024

This exhibit honors Minnesotans, past and present, who consider themselves Finnish American. This exhibit is presented in eleven topics presented through photos and text. The topical selections, and the people documented here, are not meant to represent the complete experience of Finnish Americans and those who identify as such. We encourage you to think about this as you explore the sources presented here. What other topics might we also have included? What questions do these sources raise for you? You may know the complex history of the land now known as Finland; what do those complications mean for the historical record of Americans of Finnish identity? We invite you to think about these questions as you experience this exhibit.

Presenter Bio: The Immigration History Research Center Archives at the University of Minnesota maintains a large and significant collection of Finnish American materials, one of the two major collections in the USA, the other at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock, Michigan.