The Finnish Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserve Finnish and Finnish/North American Heritage for future generations and to provide all visitors with an opportunity to learn about and better understand Finnish and Finnish/North American history and culture.

Finnish Heritage Museum (FHM) is collecting objects that help explain, document, and reflect life in Finland, traveling to North America, and life in North America. How do we define "life?" It means work, play, sport, family, church, etc.; essentially all of the things we do everyday. Categories will include such items as those selected to describe aspects of the home, leisure, farm, and business. The list includes all forms of Textiles (clothes, table coverings, lace, rugs, fabric, knitted items, etc.), Kitchenware (cooking utensils, coffee pots, cookbooks, bakery items, etc.), Decorative Arts in all materials (paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, art glass, etc.), Furniture, Toys, Objects of Communication (letters, postcards, photographs, note cards), Finnish Souvenir/Muistot (remembrances from Finland, especially those that were handmade or those that commemorated a special event like the 1952 Olympics), Handmade Tools, Handmade and/or Hand Decorated Boxes, Birch and Pine Basketry, Storage and Immigrant Trunks, Military Service/Patriotism, Sheathed Knife/Puukko, Currency (old types of money), perhaps an entire example of a household Sauna, etc. FHM is particularly interested in objects that help tell the story of Finnish life there and here.

Reception - Exhibition "Seeking Sisu: From Finland, with Love"
June 15th, 2024
from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.

Latest Press Release Here
Gwen Putz is a printmaking student at the Cleveland Institute of Art currently working under the Creativity Works internship program. She has partnered with the Finnish Heritage Museum to produce work about her family’s Finnish/Karelian heritage and explore topics of immigration and migration. She is finding inspiration within the museum’s collection and making connections with the Finnish members of the museum. These responsive works are mainly lithography and monotype but Gwen has explored a range of processes throughout the program. The work will be displayed alongside the Finnish Heritage Museum’s collection in Fairport Harbor, Ohio.

PLEASE READ: During our monthly meeting, Member Donna Lesciasek informed the executive committee that Sara Pajunen, violinist (she was the 2015 Finlandia Foundation National Performer of the Arts) and friend of the museum, has been recently diagnosed with two forms of cancer. We would like to invite any of you who might be so disposed to contribute to Sara’s GoFundMe account. We wish her the best.

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We are now scheduling New Programs for 2024. If you are interested in presenting a Finnish based program, feel free to contact us here.

Video “Dancing Fairport” featuring our museum / members- click here.