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Arts & Culture

Finnish Culture

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Maine’s Finnish immigrants settled in the Mid-coast region, in Oxford county, and in Piscataquis county, establishing homes, farms and communities in towns including Waldoboro, Friendship, Thomaston, Rockland, South Paris and Monson. Learn more about Maine's Finnish community at museums and events:

  • At the Finnish Heritage House in South Thomaston, you'll find a small museum with exhibits, a weekly bake sale, and classes on kantele (Finnish lap harp) and the Finnish language. You can also participate in the Finn Fling in September, featuring Finnish food, live music and other activities.
  • You'll find a small museum, library archives and a gift shop at the Finnish American Heritage Society of Maine, in West Paris. The society is located in the former Maple House, a boarding house for immigrant Finnish men.
  • Listen to a performance by The Maine Kanteles, a musical group formed in 2000 in South Paris, or learn how to make a kantele at Kantele Laulu in Cumberland.
  • In Monson, visit the Monson Historical Society, which has information on the region’s Finnish heritage, and the Finnish Farmers Club, which has held Finn dances since 1935.