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*So, Tell Me About Your Church*
. Historically, the Finns have found a spiritual belief and church attendance more than a requisite; they had woven it into their very life fabric. The physical church was most likely in the center of every Finnish community to serve as the hub of daily or weekly activity. At the very least, members would attend the Sunday service which was deemed mandatory, by custom and not necessarily by rules.
Life in Finland for many was a difficult life, with so much dependent upon items which were simply out of the control of man’s efforts. Crops, medical issues, births, money, land and other things brought hardships, often drastically changing the lives of that particular family unit. Add to that, domination by other countries or principalships which added to that suffering.
Even with those handicaps, the strength of the Finnish resolve shines through. Rather than have those consequences overwhelm the Finns, they turned to their pastors and to the physical church to help them through whichever harm or possible ruin lay within their futures. The church building became so central that pictures, paintings, needlepoints, or church symbols or artifacts decorated their front or sitting rooms.
The Finnish Heritage Museum used these ideas to capture the real spirit and meaning of churches which were in their family’ s history. Thus through audience participation, many churches were discussed, and many fascinating artifacts were shared........Click Here
SISU is in the Heart Project Click here for details.
Mentor's effort to help city in Finland after WWII becomes Concord man's project
Since traveling to Finland last year to visit the rural hometowns of his grandparents, Ron Toivonen has experienced many goose-bump coincidences. They’ve served to reconnect the 76-year-old Concord Township man with his Mentor past and a community-wide post-World War II effort to help an impoverished town in Finland.
Upon his return from that life-altering trip to the homeland of his ancestors, Toivonen got involved with the Finnish Heritage Museum in Fairport Harbor.
A deceased amateur historian and genealogist had left the museum dozens....Click here for the rest of the story.
In the picture above, Ron Toivonen points to his father in a 1949 picture discovered in a scrapbook by Kathie Pohl, city of Mentor communications director. She was given the scrapbook while researching for the book “Mentor: The First 200 Years,” which includes a story about the project undertaken by Mentor residents to help the the people of Suolahti, Finland. This story is provided by Janet Podolak and the News Herald.
UPDATE: KATHIE POHL VISITS FHM TO PRESENT HISTORICAL INFORMATION
Kathie Pohl paid a visit to the Finnish Heritage Museum on July 14, and formally presented the Sointula File to Ron Toivonen. She explained why she was there and the circumstances behind the donation. Ron Toivonen accepted the information and vowed that he would complete the project.
Incidentally, Kathie Pohl retired from Mentor, Ohio where she successfully directed Mentor's marketing and community relations for twenty five years. She has accepted the position of Fairport Harbor's new economic development director. She obviously has some great contacts at FHM.