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

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Tervetuloa! Welcome to FACA!

Webpage updated 06/17/2020

***   FACA is looking for 2 volunteers to complete the 6 member board
***   FACA needs people to step forward for our organization to stay strong!
***   Please contact one of the FACA board members with any questions or to volunteer.
***   Contact information can be found on the Contact Us! tab on this website.    Kiitoksia Paljon!
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*** We would like to welcome Jodi Hyrkas as the new editor of the FACA Uutiset newsletter.

In Celebration of Juhannus,
FACA is hosting a FREE, livestream program on Tuesday, June 23, 7-8 p.m. on its new YouTube channel at:
*** Please join us! ***

"Juhannus in Toivola, Michigan: 130+ Years in the Life of a Festival"
- by Hilary-Joy Virtanen, Ph.D., Finnish & Nordic Studies Program, Finlandia University

In these days of COVID-19, when social distancing practices give us all pause to consider how to celebrate the Juhannus, join folklorist Hilary Virtanen for a virtual tour of the Juhannus Midsummer Festival in Toivola, Michigan. Using historical information and Virtanen's extensive fieldwork of the festival and Finnish American folklife in general, we will learn about the celebration as it has evolved over the years from community festival to a co-opted symbol of Finnish ethnicity in the Upper Midwest. The use of the festival as a springboard to discuss and reflect upon Finnish American social history, language, and folk traditions, and to instill support for expressions of Finnish ethnicity among young people and others will all be discussed and audience members will be invited to share their reflections on the meanings and uses of Juhannus in their own communities.

Hilary-Joy Virtanen, a native of Toivola, Michigan, is Assistant Professor of Finnish & Nordic Studies at Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan. She has a Doctorate in Scandinavian Studies and Folklore from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a Masters in Scandinavian Studies (UW-Madison) and an MA in Folklore and Ethnomusicology (Indiana University). She directs and teaches the entire Finnish & Nordic Studies sequence at Finlandia. She has researched Finnish American folk culture extensively, and has published research on Copper Country draft resistance in WWI, the writings of Jingo Viitala Vachon and Bernhard Hillila, and the folklore characters Heikki Lunta and St. Urho. Currently, she is working on a series of documentary films on contemporary Finnish American traditional arts with Emeritus Professor of Sociology Michael Loukinen of Northern Michigan University.

*** This livestream is FREE and open to the public. It will be recorded, so anyone who can't join us live can still check it out later. Please feel free to sign on to YouTube and ask questions in chat real time, during the presentation. It is free to subscribe. Also, it would be helpful to FACA if people would "like" the video and subscribe to our channel. Subscribers will be informed whenever we post a new video.

*** If you have not already, please check out the following video links to some of our previously recorded snippets of FACA programs.
These links will remain available only until June 20th.
    "Ole and the Ice Scrapers"
    "Previous FACA program snippets" -

FACA Sponsored YouTube Korvapuusti Video NOW Available
- featuring Elizabeth "Helvi" Brauer

During these stay-at-home COVID-19 days, FACA has reached out to make some past program video offerings
available to its members and others who may be interested. Recently, a FACA Facebook poll result indicated that Cooking/Baking was one of the top events that members would be interested in viewing.
*** So here is FACA's first YouTube video offering! ***
We hope to help keep you entertained and improve your cooking skills!

Many Finns and Finnish-Americans are familiar with the delicious baked treat korvapuusti, cinnamon-cardamom rolls.
In this video, our own "Helvi" Brauer shows the advanced technique, tricks and tips for mixing the cardamom-cinnamon
sugar filling, rolling, cutting and shaping the rolls -- including preferred tools.
The full recipe used is available at
which includes the premade pulla dough used in this video.
(Many thanks to Helvi who has done a great job putting this video together for FACA - Kiitoksia Paljon!)

- Elizabeth "Helvi" Brauer CEO/FOUNDER/CHIEF MAKER-BAKER enjoys contributing to the MN Nordic community through
participation in various Nordic-American organizations. These include, Suomi-Koulu (Finnish Language School of MN),
FinnSource, ASI's Cloudberries Swedish Women's Choir, Kalevan Naiset of Duluth, Finnish-American Cultural Association of MN,
Norway House programming and 612 Sauna Society. She is a fluent speaker and teacher of Finnish, is proficient in Swedish and
has even studied Northern Sami while at the University of Oulu.
***For those interested, Helvi has also recorded a Norway House video demonstration making the actual pulla dough.
This covers what happens BEFORE you get to the tricky part of forming/shaping the korvapuusti rolls shown in our FACA video.
This "pay for play" video helps support the Norway House's major building expansion as well as Luumu LLC.
Please consider helping out their fundraising by taking a view! They are asking for a $5(member)-$10(general public) donation.
Either of these links may be used: or

Stay tuned for future FACA online offerings!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FACA Photos Available ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Photos from FACA programs and Finnish events (by Kathy and John Jorgensen) are available on SmugMug at:

** FACA Programs - FACA Programs and Events

** Other events such as Independence Day celebration and Kauneimmat Joululaulut/Joulutori - All Things Finnish!

All photos can be viewed online. Prints, downloads, etc. can be obtained "self-serve" directly from SmugMug at a modest cost.
Proceeds will be donated to FACA. If you do NOT want any of your photos included, please contact Kathy at
or 651-459-2654, and we will do our best to avoid including you.


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.

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FACA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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