By Elaine Lillback, FHM Reporter
FAIRPORT HARBOR, OHIO It seemed as if not even one person would show up for the Finnish Heritage meeting on the 11th of November, since the snows, cold, and
winds of November were beginning to threaten our gathering. However, by seven pm, the meeting hall was full; members and guests had arrived.
Susan Hill Hinkleman had many family photos and a movie produced by her Father which showed Fairport Harbor events in the 1950's and which depicted her family's business in the shipping industry. The famous ore freighter, the Edmund Fitzgerald, was part of this.
Oscar Hill had a family of five children. He and his wife had been married as beautiful children in 1919. Oscar started in the building business, but later established a hardware store in Fairport, providing hardware for the ships that sailed on the Great Lakes. The chandlery prospered and in time, he purchased his own smaller boat to haul merchandise to supply the lake freighters which came into Fairport Harbor. Cllck Here for the complete Story
Photo Essay of the "Spirit of Finland."Click HERE.
The Spirit of Finland is tangible piece of aluminum, but by its formation it shows S's: Suomi, Sisu, Swan, Sibelius, Sun, and of course, Sauna. These are some of the intangibles that the Finnish Heritage Museum's new sculpture invokes. The new, recently installed, 14 foot abstract aluminum piece graces the front of the Museum on HIgh Street in Fairport Harbor, Ohio.
During Fairport Harbor's yearly Community Days celebration, the Finnish Heritage Museum dedicated the Spirit of Finland sculpture. The dedication/celebration had two distinct segments. The first took place in Veterans Memorial Park in Fairport Harbor. Beginning at 1 o'clock Lasse Hiltunen, President of the Museum, gave a welcoming announcement in both Finnish and English to the spectators. That was followed by keyboardist Heikki Perttu's renditions of "God Bless America" and, of course, "Maamme."
Hiltunen then introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Peter Lillback, the President of the Westminster Theological Seminary. He spoke of the spirit of people as it relates to their own well-being and to the groups of people who exhibit that spirit. No speech about Finns could go on very long without mention of Sisu, and Dr. Lillback highlighted that word. He spoke of Fairport Harbor and its unique place in Ohio history and of the Finnish forces who contributed so much to Fairport's development.
Lillback challenged the Fairport Finns to continue to contribute to the development of Northeastern Ohio, since this year is the 375th anniversary of the landing of Finns in the United States. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY.
The Finnish Heritage Museum was featured on Cleveland's WJW Fox 8's program, "new day Cleveland." Click on the box to the right to view. Then click on Road Trip Fairport Harbor.