FinnForum X and Retrospection & Respect Remember the Copper Strike of 1913-14 This Weekend
by Monica Lester, student editor
This weekend at Michigan Tech and Finlandia University, FinnForumX and a symposium titled Retrospection & Respect will discuss and honor memories of the great copper strike of 1913-14.
Events begin today with an exhibit titled “Tumult and Tragedy: Michigan’s 1913–1914 Copper Strike” opens at 8 a.m. on the first floor lobby of the Van Pelt and Opie Library on the Michigan Tech campus. The Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University recently installed three exhibits. They include a photographic exhibit titled “Rural Reflections: Finnish American Buildings and Landscapes in Michigan’s Copper Country”; a historic photography exhibit “People, Place and Time: Michigan’s Copper Country Through the Lens of J.W. Nara”; and a pair of lithographs acquired by the National Park Service which were on either side of the Italian Hall stage the night of the infamous Christmas Eve tragedy 100 years ago.
Also on Thursday, Finlandia’s Nordic Film Festival will show "To My Son in Spain: Finnish Canadians in the Spanish Civil War." The film’s writer, Saku Pinta, will be there to answer questions.
On Friday, April 11, there will be an open house at the Finnish American Heritage Center and a trolley tour of the Keweenaw. There is an opening reception for registered attendees at the Wiljanen Community Hall at the Finnish American Heritage Center featuring guest speaker David Salmela and remarks from Scott See, executive director of the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission.
Saturday, April 12 features a speaker series with both FinnForum X and Retrospection & Respect sessions in Michigan Tech’s Fisher Hall. A dinner, entertainment and a keynote address by University of Wisconsin Professor Emeritus Arnold Alanen will wrap up the weekend’s events on Saturday night.
For the complete story on FinnForum and the symposium, see the online info.
For more information, contact Beth Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.