Know Finland – Juhannus (Midsummer’s Night) – Traditional Meal

Summer is traditionally backyard barbecue season in the US.   For the wife and I, we’ve been looking to host an annual party and we thought that summer would be the season for us.  The problem is that the big holidays, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day, were already taken.  So rather than take a random date, I suggested we borrow one from Finland.  So here I am planning our second annual Juhannus picnic.  I thought I’d share the results of my Juhannus menu research, and also provide a little of the history.  (As time permits, and I find good ones, recipes will be added.)

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Know Finland – Nimipäivä (Name Days)

In researching Finnish migration a lot of cultural questions started popping up.  Things that Finnish children learn in school is often foreign to us.  And the further your roots start back to Finland probably the less you know.  I thought I’d share some additional answers that I learn along the way.  I thought I’d start with those little calendars with Finnish names on them you might get in your holiday cards. Continue reading

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I Digress – Migration Goes to the Dogs

In honor of the Westminster Dog Show, here is a list of Finnish dog breeds.  Two of whom, the Finnish Lapphund and the Finnish Spitz, will be shown at Westminster.  To the rest of you guys, maybe some year.  And hey no wolves.  Sorry, tamaskan.  I’m just kidding.  Oh, and there may be a party crasher. Continue reading

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Finnish Idaho Preserved by Frank Eld

The story of Roseberry, Idaho is the story that got me to start this blog.  It’s not a unique story.  But I did think it was a unique location.  I had heard of “Finnish” settlements in the America but this was not one of them.  I started asking myself “Finns were really here?”  It is what led me to find that Finns were in St. Barts, too. Then what about …  So my inspiration for this blog is what another fellow Finnish-American, born in the Americas, was doing today to promote a culture that we both share.  He in the physical world and I in the virtual world. Continue reading

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Sami Come to Alaska

Fear of starvation within the Inuit population in western Alaska from American and Russian whaling and fishing prompted an interesting solution, introduce reindeer husbandry to the Inuits.  Of course you just can’t put an ad in the paper.  Or can you? In the end an emigration of not only Samis but reindeer came to Alaska.   Continue reading

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Finnish Ghost Town – Coal Cove

In 1847 Petr Pavlovich Doroshin, a geologist with the Russian-American Company, searched for Alaskan resources for export besides furs and ice.  After minimal success in finding gold, Petr was ordered to search for coal.  He surveyed nine locations for possible coal mining.  Upon his return to Russia in 1853, he identified one location, Port Graham Bay, as the best.  It would be up to a newly hired Finn to develop the mine. Continue reading

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Mapping Migration Across America

When I first started the idea of this blog, I only had to things two go on.  First was that Finns started coming into the U.S. at Delaware.  Second was I had heard lots of stories about the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Minneapolis, New York, Berkeley, and Florida.  What I was missing was what had happened in between.  Then I found this map on Wikipedia. Continue reading

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