100 years of Finnish independence celebrated in the U.P.

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MARQUETTE-- On December 6th, 1917 Finland gained independence from Russia. People of Finnish heritage commemorated the event across the world today including here in the U.P. The U.P. chapter of Finlandia  Foundation National held a program tonight at the Marquette Regional History Center.
People were treated to a night of Finnish music, treats, and artifacts.

Ronald Hill, U.P. Chapter President says, " The Upper Peninsula has the largest population of Finnish connected people than anywhere in the United States. So this is why it's so important for us in this area to have the opportunity to have some kind of celebration and be able to get together and celebrate as a group."  

Sharon Franklin-Rahkonen an Associate Professor of History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania was the guest speaker of the evening. She serves on the board of FinnFest USA and the on the Finlandia University Finnish Council.


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