History of the Finns in Michigan

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Michigan's Upper Peninsula was a major destination for Finns during the peak years of migration in the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth century. Several Upper Peninsula communities had large Finnish populations and Finnish churches, lodges, cooperative stores, and temperance societies. Ishpeming and Hancock, especially, were important nationally as Finnish cultural centers.

Originally published in Finnish in 1967 by Armas K. E. Holmio, History of the ...

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Overview

Michigan's Upper Peninsula was a major destination for Finns during the peak years of migration in the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth century. Several Upper Peninsula communities had large Finnish populations and Finnish churches, lodges, cooperative stores, and temperance societies. Ishpeming and Hancock, especially, were important nationally as Finnish cultural centers.

Originally published in Finnish in 1967 by Armas K. E. Holmio, History of the Finns in Michigan, translated into English by Ellen M. Ryynanen, brings the story of the contribution of Finnish immigrants into the mainstream of Michigan history. Holmio combines firsthand experience and personal contact with the first generation of Finnish immigrants with research in Finnish-language sources to create an important and compelling story of an immigrant group and its role in the development of Michigan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814329740
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Great Lakes Books Series
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 828,544
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Armas K. E. Holmio (1897-1977), a Finnish immigrant, was pastor of the Lutheran Church of American and a professor of history at Suomi College and Theological Seminary.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
1 The Origin of the Finns 17
2 Early Emigration from Finland 32
3 More Recent Emigration from Finland 48
4 The First Finn in Michigan 72
5 The Copper Country 76
6 Gogebic County 127
7 Marquette, Dickinson, and Iron Counties 133
8 The Eastern Counties of the Upper Peninsula 144
9 Lower Michigan 162
10 Churches 172
11 The Rise and Decline of the Temperance Movement 219
12 The Rise and Decline of the Labor Movement 273
13 The Knights and Ladies of Kaleva 304
14 The Cooperative Movement 329
15 Cultural and Educational Achievements 366
16 The Swedish Finns in Michigan 405
17 Finland and the Finns of Michigan 413
18 From What Parishes Did They Come? 441
Notes 451
Index 485
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