Welcome to Cape Ann Finns, an organization that preserves information about Finnish and American Finnish families, their community, social and work lives from the mid-1800s to the present in Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts. Visitors are invited to view, comment, and contribute information by clicking the Archive button to access our public Many Finns, Many Stories archive. In addition, join CAF with a membership of nearly 300. Additionally, use the Facebook icon above to join our group page, Cape Ann Finns.
Open to everyone, Cape Ann Finns is a nonprofit, incorporated organization affiliated with Finlandia Foundation National since 2017. Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts, were home in the early twentieth century to Finnish immigrants, the fourth largest immigrant population here, 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 online record of the Finnish families, their community life and work at its Many Finns, Many Stories online archive. 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 2023 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 and December 2023.
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 email@example.com,
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 Combined Calendar of chapter events throughout New England. CAF events and updates are shown in a dark gray / charcoal color. Or click the "Agenda" button for a list of events by month.
We are proud to participate in Mass Cultural Council's Card to Culture program in collaboration with the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, and the Massachusetts Health Connector, by broadening accessibility to cultural programming.
EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare cardholders receive free admission or 50% off the ticket costs. Present your card at the event. See the complete list of participating organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.
|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 Network Heritage||digitalcommonwealth.org/search?mlt_id=commonwealth-oai%3Atm70p3324|
|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|
|The 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|