Sense of Place: Finnish History in the Gorge

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Due to inclement weather, tonight’s lecture, Finnish in the Gorge, has been RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, Feb. 5th. 

Tickets already purchased for the Jan. 15th event can be used for the Feb. 5th date only.

Sense of Place Lecture Sheds Light on the Finnish History of the Gorge

 Hood River, Ore. (December 12, 2019) – Join Gorge Owned for a Sense of Place lecture series focused on the Finnish history of Hood River, January 15, 2020 at 7 p.m. the Columbia Center for the Arts. In this engaging lecture led by Maija Annala Yasui, learn about the Finnish community that settled in the Hood River Valley in the early 1900s.  

Hear stories and see photos from the Annala, Hukari, and Jakku families and learn about their journey to the United States— starting in Finland and traveling to the mines of Minnesota, plains of North Dakota, and finally to the West Coast and the Columbia River Gorge. How did their migration change them as well as the community in which they settled? And what similarities and differences were there between the Finnish experience settling in the Gorge and that of another group, the Japanese?
Maija was born in Hood River in 1950 into an extended family of Finns. She worked in prevention research and practice for over twenty-five years, in the county as well as at the state and national level. She has written a monthly column for the Hood River News since 1992, recounting many of the stories of her youth. She lives on Willow Flat Ranch—where she farmed and raised a family with her husband of nearly 50 years, Flip Yasui—surrounded by her three children and seven grandchildren who continue to work on the farm as well.
Please note that this is a new date (January 15th) for this lecture (Finnish in the Gorge). Shaping the Hood River Watershed, the lecture that was previously planned for January, is now scheduled for February 19th, 2020.
Event Details:
Sense of Place
When – Wednesday, January 15, doors 6PM, event 7PM
Where -Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Oregon
Cost – $5-$10 suggested donation
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Media Contact:
Sarah Fox 
Sense of Place Host & Curator
January 15 2020


Date: January 15
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Website: Visit Event Website