Bay Street Project
Bay Street Project 1, 1974
Bay Street Project is an impressive start to a historical study of Finnish immigrants in Thunder Bay pre-1914. Researchers collected historical/archival material, both written and oral, on local Finnish-Canadian immigrants and produced a preliminary manuscript of findings up to 1914. An extensive bibliography of available resources has been compiled, which includes articles translated into English and a considerable collection of documents and photographs. The broad subject of Finnish immigration to Thunder Bay was limited to cover only a period before Word War 1. Subjects in the book include a general history of Finnish emigration, Finnish settlement in Canada, the social and economic development of the Thunder Bay Finns and their contribution to local culture.
The researchers chose to concentrate attention on the following specific topics: the history of the local Finnish churches, temperance societies and workingmen’s associations, as well as providing introductory information on Finnish history and culture.
Bay Street Project 2
A Chronicle of Finnish Settlement in Rural Thunder Bay. 1976
Thunder Bay area in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The bulk of the project’s data was gained from oral interviews. One week of project time was allocated to each community. Days were spent locating possible interviewees and studying any pertinent materials already collected; surveying the area and talking to residents; and lastly writing up reports, making maps, and collecting and sorting photographs and other material collected.