This book, the first ever to focus on this ethnolinguistic minority living in Michigan, examines the origins of the Finland-Swedes and traces their immigration patterns, beginning with the arrival of hundreds in the United States in the 1860s. A growing population until the 1920s, when immigration restrictions were put in place, the Finland-Swedes brought with them unique economic, social, cultural, religious, and political institutions, explored here in groundbreaking detail. Drawing on archival, church, and congregational records, interviews, and correspondence, this book paints a vivid portrait of Finland-Swedish life in photographs and text, and also includes detailed maps that show the movement of this group over time. The book even includes a sampling of traditional Finland-Swedish recipes.
Born in Finland, Mika Roinila is an expert in many aspects of the Finnish immigrant experience. He is the International Baccalaureate Program Coordinator & Fulbright Specialist at John Adams High School in South Bend. Mika lives in Mishawaka, Indiana.
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