100 years of Finnish independence

Centennial event held for Finland at MRHC

Tanja Paasikas Stanaway serves attendees various Finnish baked goods, during the Marquette Regional History Center's event “100 Years of Finnish Independence” Wednesday evening. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)


Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE — To celebrate the anniversary of Finland’s independence from Russia on Dec. 6, 1917, the Marquette Regional History Center held an event Wednesday called “100 Years of Finnish Independence.”

“Politically and socially the Finns have shaped our culture far more profoundly than any other outside influence,” event attendee Chip Truscon said about the importance of celebrating Finnish Culture in the Upper Peninsula.

Sponsored by Finlandia Foundation National, with help from the local chapter, the event was free to the public with free food and beverages. Attendees were invited to view cultural artifacts on display and listen to a special presentation by FFN centenary speaker Sharon Franklin-Rahkonen. Local musician Tanja Paasikas Stanaway also played a few Finnish folk tunes on her guitar and accordion.

Corey Kelly can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. Her email address is photos@miningjournal.net.