Finnish American Cultural Activities, Inc.
P.O. Box 580708
Minneapolis, MN 55458-0708


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About FACA:

Located in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN), Finnish American Cultural Activities invites you to join us at our programs and activities.

FACA is a non-profit educational organization that offers programs with a rich ethnic flavor: literature, music, travel, food, the immigrant culture, contemporary Finland, and other topics. It is dedicated to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of Americans of Finnish ancestry.

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FACA schedules meetings and programs on the third Friday of each month from September to May, except for December.

FACA Event Cancellation Policy: If St. Paul public schools are cancelled due to bad weather, then a FACA event scheduled for that day will also be cancelled. FACA members may contact any Board member if they have a question about whether an event is cancelled.


Finntown-streets

A Tour of Finntown Minneapolis
FACA April Program
7:00 PM International Institute of Minnesota
1694 Como Avenue, Saint Paul
(Across from the fairgrounds)

For our April program, Joan Miina Dwyer, John Jussi Hanson and Mark Skilats Lahtinen, members of the Finnish Genealogy Group of Minnesota (FGG-MN), will share a presentation based on their 2016 guided tour of Finntown. Finntown in North Minneapolis served as an important waypoint and migrant center for Finnish immigrants in the late 1800s and developed into a vibrant Finnish-American community in the 20th century. The trio will offer stories and perspectives on the life and culture of this unique place.

The speakers will talk about their own connections to FinnTown, with parents and grandparents living and working there and going to schools there. For example, Joan recalls Finnish being spoken in the businesses, on the bus, even on her family's party line! Mark's grandparents owned Lahtinen's Grocery at Glenwood and Morgan.

All are welcome. Coffee (kahvi aika) and conversation will follow.


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