Welcome to Cape Ann Finns, a website that preserves information about Finnish families, their community, social and work lives from the mid-1800s to the present in Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts. Visitors are invited to contribute information by clicking Many, Finns, Many Stories, our archive (available early 2022). In addition, join CAF. Membership in our organization of over 270 gives full access to our online archive and space to record your family's heritage and that of other Finns. Use the Facebook icon above to join our group page, Cape Ann Finns.
Open to everyone, Cape Ann Finns is a not for profit, incorporated organization affiliated with Finlandia Foundation National. Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts, were home in the early twentieth century to 5000 Finnish immigrants whose imprint needs to be recorded by the last generation who knew them and the first generation of Finnish Americans that followed.
To preserve our Finnish heritage for future generations, members contribute primarily to an online record of all forms of media such as digitally recorded interviews, stories, memories, photographs, news articles, books, events, interest groups in order to create an accessible record of the Finnish families, their community life and work. CAF collaborates with established organizations to develop quality programs of interest to members, the public as they bring attention to our heritage locally, regionally, and nationally.
Directors of CAF for 2022 are Elana Pistenmaa Brink, Ann Thompson Freiss, Raymond Hildonen, Nikki Korkatti, Valerie Nelson, Fred Peterson, Robert Ranta, Barbara Greel Sachs, Dona Kaihlanen Shea, and Wayne Soini.
Membership in Cape Ann Finns follows the calendar year. A $10 annual fee per household is due any time after January 1.
Join CAF now. Remit the fee when convenient.
To join, send your address, telephone number, email address, and Facebook name (if any):
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call 202-420-8548,
or print, complete, and mail the application to:
Cape Ann Finns
P.O. Box 804
Rockport, MA 01966
Use the information above to contact CAF.
All Cape Ann Finns events are located by month in this calendar. CAF events and updates are shown in a dark gray / charcoal color. Or click the "Agenda" button for a list of events by month.
Explore events scheduled for other chapters as well. With sufficient interest, CAF might underwrite a portion of a van/bus rental to them.
|Finlandia Foundation National||finlandiafoundation.org|
|Finnish American Reporter||finnishamericanreporter.com|
|Finnish American Heritage Center||finlandia.edu/fahc/|
|Embassy of Finland (D.C.)||finland.org|
|Abundance Mobile Sauna||abundancesauna.com|
|this is Finland||finland.fi|
|Soiva Music Camp||finlandiafoundation.org/soiva-music-camp/|
|Salolampi Language Village||salolampi.org|
|Noble Digital Heritage (includes interviews of Finns)||digitalheritage.noblenet.org/gloucester/items/browse|
|Dooris Travel, Rikka Pajunen ( ree-ka pie-you-nen)||dooris.fi|
|YouTube Finlandia Foundation National||youtube.com/channel/UCOmt1HUZUwFyDaV5CzRlpQA|
|American Finnish People||Finnish Culture & News Discussion|
|Scandinavian Festivals||Proud to be Finnish|
|Finnish Genealogy||Finland in English: Expat Finland|
|Finnish DNA MatchFinder||Very Finnish Problems|
|Our Scandinavian & Finnish GENEALOGY||Do I Look Finnish?|
|Wood-Burning Sauna||Finnish Cooking & Culture|
|Finnish American Heritage Center||The Finnish Book & Film Trove|
|Discovering Finland||S I S U|
|Finnish American Reporter||Cape Ann Finns|
|Finlandia Foundation National||Embassy of Finland in the U.S.|
|Ink Tank||Finns Are Awesome|
|Concordia Finnish Language Villages||Finland Today|