The National Finnish American Festival (NFAF) Cultural Center, known as Little Finland, is located on US Highway 2, just west of US Highway 51 South. The center keeps alive the proud heritage of the many Finnish immigrants who settled in the Hurley Area. Its’ purpose is to foster a cultural center and preserve the Finns rich heritage with song, dance, and ethnic foods.
The Harma House and Harro House are log homes of Finnish immigrant families moved and rebuilt on the grounds and houses 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, and the Taipele 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 without a sauna and 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 several Scandinavian gift items to include sauna supplies.
The main activities of the NFAF is St. Urho’s Day in March, Mother’s Day Concert in May, the annual meeting along with Juhannus Celebration which features Kokko Tuil, dancing and NFAF chorus and shortly after Viola Turpeninen Day both held in June, along with the ever popular December’s Christmas Concert.
Museum Hours – 10am -2pm / Tuesdays & Saturdays, April through December / FREE Admission
Stop in to checkout the Finnish Gift Shop!