Finnish Heritage House is proud to present Concert Pianist Craig Randal Johnson,
in celebration of the 150
th Anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius
Friday, May 15, at 7 pm. at Thomaston Federated Church, 8 Hyler Street, Thomaston, ME

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Sponsored by Finlandia Foundation National
Following the concert here will be a “meet and greet” with refreshments,
including Finnish Coffee Bread (nisu/pulla).
Suggested donation is $5.00


Kosti Ruohomaa and Maine: A Special Relationship

Finnish Heritage House will again feature Finnish-American photojournalist Kosti Ruohomaa as the subject of its’ summer exhibit. Most people are aware of Kosti’s wonderful photographs featured in Life, Down East and many other national magazines during the 1940s 1950s, and 1960s, but few are aware that he worked for Walt Disney as a cartoonist during the late 1930s and early 1940s and then did illustrations for three comic book series from 1942 to 1943 while living in New York City.

This summer’s exhibit will open on Saturday, June 20th and remain open on Wednesdays (9:00 to 1:00) and Saturdays (9:00 to 12:00) until the middle of October. Finnish Heritage House ( is located on Route #131 ( the River Road) in South Thomston, Maine. Special thanks are due Joe Anderson of Down East Magazine, Deanna Bonner-Ganter of the Maine State Museum and Ilpo Lagerstedt of Helsinki, Finland for their support of this project.

Previous exhibits at FHH have included: “Maine Finns and Blueberries in the Mid-Coast”, “Pillars of the Earth: Finns and Granite”, “Finns and Feathers: The Poultry Industry in the Mid-Coast”, “Finnish-American Music”, “Sauna: A Gift from the Finns”, “Remembering Grandmother and Grandfather”, “Finnish-American Handicrafts” and “Finnish-American Veterans of World War II”. Tervetuloa!


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:

Bake and Tag Sales

at The Finnish Heritage House

Saturdays 9:00-12:00
March 16, 2013 through Mid·December, 2013

(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 !


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:

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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.





2014 Finn Fling Schedule

Saturday - September 20th - 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 summer’s exhibit “Kosti Ruohomaa and Maine: A Special Relationship”.

9:00 to 10:00 - Jura Hall - View the DVD entitled “People of Sointula” - Finnish immigrants in the early 1900s establish a community on an island off the west coast of Canada based on their own utopian ideals of equality, justice and love.

10:00 to 11:00 - Jura Hall - View the DVD - “The 1913 Massacre” - This film reconstructs the tragic events at the Italian Hall in the copper mining town of Calumet, Michigan on Christmas Eve 1913 when someone called out “Fire, Fire” creating a panic during a Christmas party resulting in the deaths of 74 people.

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 - Speaker regarding the Thomaston “History In the Streets” project - Followed by a concert by our kantele ensemble “Suomalaiset Jouset”.



Rag Rug Raffle Tickets at FHH

The rag rug pictured below was donated by Tooty Wilson.

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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 on Sept. 20.