June 20-24, 2016

Intensive Finnish Language Class

Finnish Heritage House is pleased to announce that Marja-Leena Bailey, instructor of World Languages at Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts, will again be teaching a five day Intensive Finnish Language Class in June. The class will be held from June 20th through the 24th in Jura Hall beneath the Finnish Congregational Church in South Thomaston, Maine from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

There will be a total of 20 hours of instruction with the emphasis placed on conversational Finnish. The class will be limited to 20 beginning or intermediate students of the Finnish language.

The cost for the class will be $150.00 with a $20.00 discount for each additional family member.

If you are interested in learning Finnish in an active learning environment taught by an enthusiastic native speaker contact Steve Gifford as soon as possible by telephone (207-273-2877), by mail (P. O. Box 728, Union, Maine, 04862) or by email (



A Kosti Celebration

This summer will continue to offer a feast for fans of Finnish-American photographer and illustrator Kosti Ruohomaa. The Finnish Heritage House will will again host an exhibit named “Kosti Ruohomaa and Maine: A Special Relationship”. Finnish Heritage House is located on the River Road (Route #131) in South Thomaston, Maine. Finnish Heritage house is open Wednesdays from 9:00 to 1:00 from late June until the middle of October and on Saturdays from 9:00 to noon From Mid May until early December.



Rag Rug Raffle Tickets at FHH

Raffle tickets are available at Finnish Heritage House and are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

A previously auctioned rag rug as pictured below was donated by Tooty Wilson.

Pasted Graphic

Tooty graciously donates one of her beautiful rag rugs to FHH each year. FHH raffles them off at the annual Finn Fling.
This year Finn Fling will be held in September 2016.


Bake and Tag Sales

at The Finnish Heritage House

Saturdays 9:00-12:00
Mid April through Mid December, 2016

(click here to see a list of items available in our Tori)

Shop in our Tori, chat, view the exhibits, and remember ...

The coffee (kahvi) pot is always on !



Do you have questions about your Finnish family history?

Need help tracing your genealogy?

If you are a member of Finnish Heritage House you have a fellow FHH member who is willing to assist you at little or no cost.

Dig and Delve" offers Genealogical Services, Domestic and Foreign, provided by Margaret Reynolds Oliver, Genealogist.

Inquiries welcome...

Peggy can be contacted by mail at: PO Box 46, South Thomaston, Maine 04858

or by phone at: 207-594-2298

or via email at:



The Finnish Heritage House has prepared a cookbook titled "From A Finnish Kitchen".

It features recipes from members of our Finnish community.
The cookbook is bound and is sure to be treasured for many years.
The book makes a wonderful

The Cookbook is available at the FHH Tori for $12.00. For an extra $4.95 it can be mailed it to your home.

Thank you for your help with this project.


Suomalaiset Jouset
(Finnish Strings)

The kantele ensemble, sponsored by the Finnish Heritage House, was organized in July 2010 and continues to hold regular rehearsals, with up to twelve students at each session. The ensemble meets bi-weekly for rehearsals in Jura Hall beneath the Finnish Congregational Church in South Thomaston, Maine. Eleven string kanteles are made for the group by craftsmen in Finland and cost about three hundred dollars.  The ensemble is learning many new Finnish and American songs, including those with layered harmonies, chords, and harmonics. The talented members often utilize other folk instruments in their performances including guitar, autoharp, mandolin and violin.

A limited number of instruments are available for loan to beginning students including children (ages ten and up), teens and adults.  The cost of lessons for adults is thirty dollars for 5 two hour lessons with the fee waived for children and teens. 

The ensemble performed 39 concerts in 2012 at nursing homes, retirement communities, senior citizen groups, historical societies, schools, museums, and churches.

If you would like join the ensemble, observe a rehearsal, or schedule a performance please contact Celia Jones (Musical Director) at 594-4506, Jackie Harjula at 354-6547 or Steve Gifford at 989-1971. email address:

Jouset-Kantele 005
Suomalaiset Jouset (Finnish Strings) and the western Maine kantele ensemble A'Chordin to Kantele appeared together in concert  at the annual Fall Finn Fling in September 2012.





2015 Finn Fling Tentative Schedule

Saturday - September 19th - 9:00 to 2:00

9:00 to 12:00 - Kahvi ja pulla available at Finnish Heritage House - Register for Door Prizes - Purchase tickets for the Rag Rug Raffle - Complete the 6th Annual Finn Trivia Quiz - Shop at the FHH Tori and Food Sale - View this year's exhibit “Kosti Ruohomaa and Maine: A Special Relationship”.

9:00 to 10:00 - Jura Hall - View a DVD - to be determined.

10:00 to 11:00 - Jura Hall - View a DVD - to be determined.

12:00 to 1:00 - Jura Hall - Lunch Buffet - ($3.00 for adults, Children under 12 Free)

1:00 to 1:30 - Jura Hall - Finnish Heritage House and Finn-Am Society will conduct brief business meetings - Drawings for Door Prizes and Rag Rug Raffle - Announcements - Finn Trivia Quiz Due.

1:30 to 2:00 - Jura Hall - presentation to be determined .