National Finnish American Festival
Little Finland is the home of the National Finnish American Festival. The NFAF works to preserve our Finnish-American heritage. Our museum holds a wonderful collection of Finnish artifacts, most of which came with their owners from Finland.
The Harma House and Haaro House are log homes of Finnish immigrant families which have been moved and rebuilt on the grounds to house the Cultural Museum. The building’s timbers, once a part of the historic Ashland ore docks, are notched together using unique Finnish ‘fish tail’ construction. Of special interest is the Finnish/American Settlers’ Memorial Monument, the Banfield Pavilion, the Taipale Trail (which is a nature/ski trail that crosses a trout stream), and a Fire Circle, all located on the Festival grounds. What Finnish homestead would be complete without a sauna? The authentic log building named Maki Sauna fits the bill. A gift shop is located in the basement of the main Festival Building that offers a wide selection of Scandinavian gift items including sauna supplies.
Throughout the year, NFAF holds many activities which are open to the public, including the St. Urho’s Day dance in March, the annual meeting in June, the Juhannus Celebration (featuring Kokko Tuli, dancing and NFAF chorus) and Viola Turpeinen Day, also in the summer.
Read an article in the Ironwood Daily Globe about February's Laskiainen.