Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society
Preserving Finnish Canadian Heritage in Northwestern Ontario

Past Projects

Bay Street Project 1 & 2: A History

 In the summer of 1974, the Finlandia Club of Thunder Bay received financial assistance from the Secretary of State (Community Services Program) to research local Finnish Canadian immigration history.  A group of researchers established headquarters at the Finlandia Club on Bay Street, and thus evolved the name Bay Street Project.
Throughout the summer, the group collected historical/archival material, both written and oral, on local Finnish-Canadian immigrants and produced a preliminary manuscript of findings up to 1914. This project provided the foundation for the Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society, which was established in the fall of 1974.
More Information about the Bay Street Projects

A History of Finnish Businesses in the Thunder Bay Area, 2006

A History of Finnish Businesses in the Thunder Bay Area is a rich historical resource that links the generations of Finnish immigrants in Northwestern Ontario through detailed genealogical information with the businesses and organizations they created and nurtured.
More Information a History of Finnish Businesses in the Thunder Bay Area

Finnish Canadian Culture – An Educational Resource

 This multimedia DVD is to be used in conjunction with the book, “A History of Finnish Businesses in the Thunder Bay Area” published by the Thunder Bay Finnish-Historical Society.
More Information Finnish Canadian Culture – An Educational Resource

Increasing Access to Finnish Language Archives, 2018

Funding for our Project to increase digital and hard-copy access to Finnish language archives in northwestern Ontario, throughout Canada and internationally was received in April 2018. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program through Library and Archives Canada. Funding will allow the Society to hire a Finnish Archives Specialist to perform archival descriptions and processing of records in Finnish and English, develop an online exhibit, and perform some translation of archival documents from Finnish into English. All work will be with the aim of increasing public access to records of Finnish-Canadian history.

Here is the blog related to our Project

https://finnisharchivestbay.wordpress.com/ 

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