U.P. Heritage Center Presents Documentary Double Feature

October 5, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 5, 2018 – A documentary double feature, Tradition Bearers and Finnish American Lives, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct.12, at Northern Michigan University’s Jamrich Hall 1100. The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU is hosting the event. Admission is free.

Celebrating its 35-year anniversary, Tradition Bearers sheds light on Finnish American history and folk art expressed through the folk artists living in the western Great Lakes region. The film blends oral interviews with historical photos to tell a story of Finnish Immigration and the life of a miner, lumberjack and homesteader.

Finnish American Lives, released in 1982, highlights the fragile community of memory connecting one with parents and grandparents. The documentary follows a three-generation Finnish family who works, celebrates, reflects and grieves together.

Filmmaker and NMU professor emeritus Michael Loukinen takes viewers on a journey of the true Finnish American history in the Upper Peninsula. He has more than 30 years’ experience and 13 films to his credit.

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