For many generations, immigrants from Finland have settled in Maine and made significant contributions to midcoast Maine and the United States in general. On August 8th, Steve Gifford will present a program entitled “The Finnish Imprint” at the Thomaston Historical Society. His presentation will overview the Finnish community in Maine, including the Finns reasons for immigrating and why they chose to settle in Maine, their areas of settlement, economic endeavors, social organizations and contributions to life in midcoast Maine.
Steve Gifford spent 31 years as an educator at schools in Rockland; Bangor; Stavanger, Norway; and Warsaw, Poland. He has been interested in all things Finnish for a good part of his life and recently returned from a fifth trip to Finland. He and his wife Mary have created summer exhibits for the Finnish Heritage House in South Thomaston for the past ten years on various aspects of the Finnish American settlement in the mid-coast (ie: granite industry, blueberry farming, poultry farming, sauna, music, etc.).
This program will be at the Knox Farmhouse, the Thomaston Historical Society’s museum at 80 Knox Street (adjacent to the railroad tracks), on Tuesday evening, August 8th. A reception with refreshments starts at 7:00 pm; the presentation will start at 7:30 pm.
Photo Caption: Finnish Heritage House in South Thomaston.
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