Thanks to the Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society, Lakehead University Library Archives now houses an impressive collection of materials documenting the history of one of Thunder Bay’s most prominent ethnic groups – Finns. It’s a treasure trove for the study of local athletic groups, labor and socialist organizations, businesses, architecture, and Finnish immigrants in Northwestern Ontario.
The collection consists of several thousand photographs including this one showing actors in the Finnish operetta “Luxembergin Kreivi” (The Earl of Luxembourg), performed at the Big Finn Hall circa 1940. As well, there are books from businesses and Finnish groups in the community, audio tape interviews of local people, Finnish literature and plays, and even some Finnish phonograph records.
Learn more at http://library.lakeheadu.ca/archives