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


Here is the invitation to our Project and an article on our Project that we submitted to FA newsletter FA Newsletter article

You can also go to our blog and read one of the major achievements of our Project -Â The Translation of the Minutes of the Hoito Restaurant, 1918 – 1920


Artist SIRPA SÄRKIJÄRVI from Finland coming to Joseph Nease Gallery of Duluth, Minnesota in March! We are proud to bring Finnish artist Sirpa Särkijärvi to Duluth in March, 2019, with an
opening reception on Friday, March 22. Sirpa is an accomplished painter and a rising star in the Finnish art scene, and we are pleased to share a little about her and her artwork. For more information contact

Joseph Nease Director
23 W. 1st Street, Duluth, MN 55802
gallery phone: 218-481-7750
director cell: 218-341-2525


Finnish Immigrant Life at Times of Death

All are invited to Samira’s talk on her new project Finnish Immigrant Life at Times of Death. This project is a look at death and mourning in Finnish North American communities through the lens of the history of everyday life.
This event is sponsored in part by Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society.

76th Finnish Canadian Grand Festival is coming June 24 – 26 to Thunder Bay Finn Festival 2016 poster

The Finnish Canadian Historical Society also participates in the Lakehead Social History Institutes community calendar. Our events are advertised on the Social History Institute’s website along with other local societies.
The Society is also currently involved in various local and international Finnish Canadian festivals. For each event, the Society has set up a booth where we proudly display our banner Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society / Thunder Bayn Kanadansuomalainen Historiaseura Brochures are handed out, membership is encouraged, and our publications are sold.
  • St.Urhos’ Day Celebration
    This is the main annual cultural festival originating among the Finns of North America, and offers a humorous alternative to St. Patrick’s Day. It is a manifestation of the unique nature of Finnish culture which celebrates their cultural creativity, and a zany sense of the absurd;
  • SuperiorFinn Juhannus / Midsummer Arts Festival
    This festival showcases the work and performances of Finnish artists. This year the Society took part in a silent auction of “Painted chairs”. One of our volunteers painted a chair to depict Finnish ancestry; the proceeds of all chairs went to charity;
  • Bay & Algoma Merchant Yard Sale
    This previous annual event was resurrected this summer to provide a venue for Bay-Algoma Street Business Association. Local Finnish artists displayed arts & crafts.
  • International FinnFling or the Finnish Canadian Grand Festival
    FinnFling is an annual celebration of Finnish culture and heritage. First held in 1940, it takes place in a different North American community each year, and brings together Finnish Canadians from across Canada, Finland, and U.S.A. for unique cultural celebrations. This event was held in Thunder Bay, Ontario July 14 – 16, 2006 and previously in 1998.