Tours

Several tours are planned in conjunction with FinnFest USA 2013. They include:

 

Mon., June 17 - Boat Tours to Historic Jacobsville • 

9:00 am - 3:00 pm  Seats still available! (Afternoon Tour Full!)

Begins and ends at MTUʼs Great Lakes Research Center aboard the Agassiz Research Vessel. (Rain day, Tues., June 18) - $65 Pre-registration required. Min. 28 guests - Max. 36 per trip.
Visit the historic village of Jacobsville where Finnish immigrants settled in 1884 to work in the sandstone quarries. Tour includes a step back in time visit to the historic Lutheran chapel (Suomi Synod) with its original kerosene lamps, woodstove and pump organ. Community members will lead a short hymn sing before moving on to the old schoolhouse for lunch. Bus tour includes the historic cemetery, sandstone quarries and lighthouse. Boat trip includes sights along Houghton Canal and spectacular view of the beautiful sandstone cliffs. Well-known local author, Larry Lankton, and Frank Fiala, retired Jacobsville Sandstone Cliffs Suprintendent of Keweenaw National Historical Park and Jacobsville community members will be speaking on this tour.

 

Tues., June 18 - “Covingtonʼs Finnish Legacy” Tour - 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Covington Museum, Leinonenʼs Centennial Farm, Covington School, Covington Lutheran Church

Tour begins and ends at MTUʼs Student Development Complex. Pre-registration required. $50/ea. Min. 22 guests - Max. 56 
The Covington tour includes a stop at the Ford Forestry Center with a tour of the historic sawmill and lunch. Tour continues to the Leinonen Homestead, the 100-year old family farm. Guests continue on to the Covington Museum featuring stories of Finnish homesteaders, and the Artist Market where local crafts are sold. Tour will then visit nearby Bethany Church to view the artwork of Elmer Forsberg and enjoy a short hymn sing. Tour ends with a concert at the Covington Pavilion and “Kahvi Aika.” This tour will be led by local resident, farmer, logger, and President of the Midway Telephone Co., Robert Godell.

 

 

Tues. June 18 - Rural Finnish Buildings and Cultural Landscapes of the Copper Country 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Begins and ends at MTU Student Development Complex  Pre-registration required. $50/ea. Min. 24 - Max. 56 
Michigan’s Copper Country still boasts a remarkable array of buildings and cultural landscapes that were developed by Finnish immigrants and their descendants. This tour will provide participants with an overview of houses, barns, saunas, and aittas (storage buildings), several of which are constructed of log or stovewood. Stops will be made at the Hanka Homestead, in addition to other farms where participants will be greeted by the current owners. A traditional Finnish lunch will be served at the Feedmill Café (a former co-op store) in Tapiola. Prof. Arnold Alanen of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a well-known expert on Finnish-American buildings and history, will lead the tour.

 

Tues, June 18 - Tour of Finnish Sites of Keweenaw County 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Begins and ends at MTU Student Development Complex. Pre- registration required. $50/ea. Min. 22 guests - Max. 56. 

 

Tour Keweenaw County and explore the many ways Finns impacted the countyʼs history. The tour will visit many mining towns and locations where Finns lived and worked including Ahmeek, Mohawk, Phoenix, and Central. Finnish commercial fishing and maritime history will be seen with visits to Copper Harbor, the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Complex, and Eagle River. The impact of lumbering activity will also be examined. Lunch will be held at the historic Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. The bus tour will stop at several locations to allow guests to explore the history and scenic beauty of the Keweenaw. Local author and historian Larry Molloy will lead the tour and provide a running commentary on the Finnish influence on Keweenaw County.

 

 

 

Wed., June 19 & Fri., June 21 - When Copper Was King

2 tours/day - 9:00 am - noon & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Begins and ends at MTU’s Student Development Complex Cost $20 - Pre-registration required. Min. 20 guests - Max. 30
 
Historian Wil Shapton of the Red Jacket Trolley Company leads an in-depth exploration of the Keweenaw's copper mining history. Learn about the lives of immigrant laborers: work in the mines and mills, social life in the villages and churches of Calumet and Lake Linden, labor unrest, and eventual end of an industry. Includes a cemetery and sites of the Keweenaw National Historical Park.

 

 

 

Thursday, June 20—Finnish American Working Class Places and Spaces 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Tour begins and ends at MTU’s Student Development Complex  Pre-registration required. Cost $20 (lunch on your own in Calumet) 20 min. and 40 max. attendance. There is an option to stay in Calumet after tour stops for FinnFest’s Calumet Day if preferred. Shuttle bus will return those who stay in Calumet. 
 
Finnish immigrants helped to shape much of the Upper Peninsula’s strong working-class heritage. The struggle they encountered in building America, forming immigrant working-class organizations, and challenging the copper bosses is a remarkable testament to the power an immigrant people can have in shaping new lives in a New World. Though most of those immigrant voices have passed, many of the places and spaces they inhabited remain. This historical tour will link the voices of working-class Finns and the significant structures and landscapes they forged with sweat and sacrifice. Tour stops include the South Range Hall, the site of the former Kansankoti Hall, mining landscapes, the Keweenaw National Historical Park’s Visitor Center, the Italian Hall Memorial site, and graves of Finnish immigrant people who died in Italian Hall at Lake View Cemetery. Labor and immigration historian Gary Kaunonen, author of two books on Michigan’s working-class Finns and co-author of a new book on the 1913-14 Michigan Copper Strike and Italian Hall tragedy, will lead this tour.
 
 

Friday, June 21—Hanka Homestead: A Step Back in Time

Afternoon Tour: 1:30-4:30 (MORNING TOUR FULL!)

Tour begins and ends at MTU’s Student Development Complex Pre-registration required. Cost is $15/ea. (includes admission to the site) 20 min and 40 max attendance for each session.
Step back in time to an authentic Finnish immigrant homestead the way it looked in the 1920s. Carved out of Michigan’s dense white pine forest, Hanka Homestead was the unlikely ideal for so many Finns settling in America. Experience the pioneer life of Finnish immigrants as they struggled to notch an existence on their own terms using folk engineering, hard work, resilience, and building skills brought over from the Old Country. Hanka Homestead provides visitors with a connection to the Copper Country’s past by preserving the life ways and structures associated with Finnish immigrant homesteaders. On site is a savu (smoke) sauna, blacksmith shop, root cellar, dwelling, and five-stall cow barn among other buildings. A truly unique experience, Hanka Homestead represents a pure recollection of the Finnish immigrant pioneer lifestyle. Leading this tour will be costumed interpreters and volunteers from the Hanka Homestead Museum. Nisu, coffee, and refreshments will be available on site.

 

 

Fri., June 21 — 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Farming, Fishing, and Forests: Finnish Immigrants in Baraga County

Tour begins and ends at MTU’s Student Development Complex. Pre-registration required. $50/ea. Min. 23 passengers required - Max. 56 
This tour visits Aura, a community founded by Finnish immigrants after the Copper Country strike of 1913. Tour stops include the Baraga County Historical Museum, the Skanee Town Hall, the Aura Hall, and the former Ford company town of Pequaming. The tour includes a box lunch, an evening fish fry, and will be capped with live music and a Juhannus bonfire on the L’Anse waterfront. Tour guides will be Milton Salo, a long-time Baraga County resident and active in a number of community heritage organizations, including the Hanka Homestead Farm. Also guiding will be Calvin Koski, a long-time Aura resident and has been active in preserving local history, and Dr. Nancy Männikkö, a former architectural historian with the National Park Service and a member of the Baraga County Historical Society.

 

 

Sat., June 22 - Pipe Organ “Crawl” Tour 1-5 pm

Begins and ends at MTUʼs Student Development Complex. Pre-registration required. $15/ea. Min. guests 15 - Max. 40 
 
Visit four local churches with historic pipe organs. Tour includes a short mini-concert at each venue featuring local organists. Led by Organists of the Keweenaw who will give some background of the organs and allow visitors a close-up view of the inner workings of the pipe organs.

 

 

 

 

 

Sun., June 23 - “Finnish Lutheran Church Heritage Tour” - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Begins and ends at MTU Student Development Complex - $25 Pre-registration required. 
 
Tour includes attending morning worship service at Zion Lutheran Church in Hancock, followed by a fellowship lunch.  Afternoon tour includes stops at four Lutheran churches enjoying history talks at each and some music.  Bus will stop at other historic church sites with opportunities to photograph. Church tour follows including visiting some churches, hearing about their history, and driving by older historic churches and sites. Rev. John Autio, Paster of Mission United Lutheran, Pelkie, MI, will be leading this tour.