Ameriikan Poijat with Marja Kaisla

Finland 100 Centenary

FASDV celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Independence of Finland at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia on December 9, 2017. The popular brass band Ameriikan Poijat from Minneapolis MN entertained the members and friends of FASDV. Antti Vänskä,…

FASDV Christmas Party - Pikkujoulu 2017

FASDV Christmas Party – Pikkujoulu 2017

During Pikkujoulu celebration at the American Swedish Historical Museum, FASDV honored Aleasa Hogate, a veteran advocate for Finnish and Swedish history in the Tri-State area, with an award thanking her for her long-standing efforts in bringing programs to schools to…

Beyond the Atlantic Lecture

Beyond the Atlantic Lecture

As part of the Finland 100 celebration, FASDV invited Marianne Wargelin from Minneapolis MN to give a talk at ASHM about Finland’s 100 years of independence. Her lecture gave a unique perspective of the country — the lecture title was…

1638 Monument Ceremony

1638 Monument Ceremony

FASDV and the Delaware Valley Finnish Americans organized the annual Monument Ceremony commemorating the first settlers coming to America in 1638. The Ceremony is held each June in Chester, PA, where the Finns lay a wreath in front of the…

Joulupukkin Philadelphia Finnish Society

Pikkujoulu 2014

Finns in Philadelphia had a great time celebrating Christmas and Aimo Tuomi’s 85th birthday at the newly renovated American Swedish Historical Museum. The festivities began with a church service held by Pastor Tiina Talvitie for New York Finnish Church. Following…

Suomi-koulu in Philadelphia

October 2014 Suomi-koulu

Students were introduced to Finland’s national writer, Aleksis Kivi, and his novel  Seven Brothers (Seitsemän veljestä). We continued tanhu practice and began preparations for the Christmas party by singing No onkos tullut kesä. Our temporary new venue at NLNA provided…

Scandinavian pre-school students

PSK Ice Skating – February 2014

Philadelphia Suomi-koulu students had a lot of fun ice skating at the Philadelphia RiverRink this Sunday. Despite the melting ice conditions due to the 50-degree weather, we were on the ice from 3-4:30 pm. Such a pleasant way to spend…

laskias pullat

February 2014 Suomi-koulu

In February we learned about Laskiainen, a traditional Finnish sledding day. The children baked and enjoyed Laskiais pulla (Lenten buns), a big hit with everyone! And to top off the fun, we had our first tanhu-dance practice.

November 2013 Suomi-koulu

November 2013 Suomi-koulu

In November we learned about Christmas in Finland: What happens on Christmas eve, about traditional foods and other customs. But what interested students the most were Santa’s elves. We learned about many different types of elves that live in Finland…