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Finlandia Archive Receives Major Artifacts Donation

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Finlandia University’s Finnish American Historical Archive and Museum recently received a major artifacts donation from Ethel Suominen of Brooklyn, New York, in memory of her late husband, Veikko Suominen. The 100-piece donation represents a significant addition to the collections of the museum. The majority of the objects are from Mr. Suominen’s Finland birthplace, the Suominen farm in the former parish of Rymättylä (now Naantali) of southwest Finland. The collection of 19th century household and farm objects includes two spinning wheels from 1851 and 1872, a niddy-noddy used to wind yarn into skeins, 19th century ice skates, two homemade fishing nets, one made by Mr. Suominen as a teenager, equestrian equipment, ice walkers, and numerous other handmade 19th century household items and tools.

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