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Founded in 1966, the Finnish Center dedicated their Cultural Center in September 1974, in Farmington Hills, Michigan . . . . (more)
Message from the
Regards from Finland. We just returned from our yearly ski trip to beautiful Lapland. It is a remarkable place to have peace and quiet in the middle of the beautiful fells and breathing the clean air. Supposedly the air there is the cleanest in the whole world. The weather cooperated, mostly sunny and enough snow and cold for perfect skiing. Finland was in the middle of local elections so we were sure not to turn on the TV. We did hear the results though and supposedly the green party was the winner and Perussuomalaiset (tea party equivalent) was the loser!!
We are gearing up for Finland’s 100-year Independence activities. The Cultural Committee has lined up several events. Independence Day Jubilee is scheduled for December 2, 2017 with Consul General Manu Virtamo as our keynote speaker. Mark your calendars!
We are planning to have this year an exhibition of Jaeger Battalion 27. Jaegers were young Finnish men – mostly students – who secretly travelled to Germany during the First World War to receive military training for an eventual fight for our independence. At that time, Finland was still part of Russia. The war for the independence never happened as Russia collapsed and became Soviet Union. However, Jaegers played a crucial role in ensuing civil war between the whites and the reds, who wanted Finland to remain associated with new communist USSR. Jaegers played a key role a second time saving Finland when Soviet Union attacked Finland on November 30, 1939. We brought with us from Helsinki the photos needed for this exhibition.
We continue to look for more volunteers to help in the gift shop, front office, gardens and lawn, accounting office, archives, library, event chaperone and in general helping hands for the smooth operation of our center. If you are unable to help by volunteering, a donation for building maintenance and operation would be greatly appreciated and go a long way towards our future success!
Hope to see you at the Finnish center! As always if you have any questions you can call me at (248) 478-6939 or my cell: (734) 834-6085.
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