In brief

Program will focus on Finnish independence

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center presents: 100 Years of Finnish Independence from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6.

Finland gained independence from Russia on Dec. 6, 1917. Independence Day is officially celebrated on this day in Finland.

The public is invited to join to experience the foods, music, artifacts, and arts of the Finnish culture. Guest speaker Sharon Franklin-Rahkonen will be there for a special presentation.

She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where she studied minority identity in Finland, especially the Jewish community, women’s suffrage and the development of Finnish education.

Franklin-Rahkonen is an associate professor of history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the board of FinnFest USA and on the Finlandia University Finnish Council in America. All ages welcome. Free to the public, donations appreciated. Sponsored by Finlandia Foundation National.

For more information call 906-226-3571 or visit

SERA to meet

ESCANABA — The State Employees Retirement Association, Upper Peninsula Chapter No. 16, will have its annual meeting at noon Monday at the State Office Building’s conference room in Escanaba.

The meeting will include election of board members as well as light refreshments. Those who plan to attend should call Frank Berres at 906-786-2965 or Arlene Paulson at 906-786-7199.