The Finn Hall

The Finn Hall (HM59V)

Location: Woodland, WA 98674 Cowlitz County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 56.615', W 122° 41.578'

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In 1916 Finnish immigrants constructed a hall near this site under the name of a literary association (Kirjallixuus Seura), forming a lending library. Although they brought their diet, language, and saunas with them, some old country beliefs were left behind. These people found it necessary to meet where they could study the social customs of their new country, challenge and question partisan politics, and reflect on new theological insights. At this cultural center were held language classes, meetings, athletic activities, wedding dances, funerals and programs with oratory, drama, poetry, vocal and instrumental music. Steaming kettles of coffee and the warmth of dignified waltzes, pulsating polkas and schottisches brought togetherness to these rugged individualists.

Life to them was involvement.
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Overall the sign is in poor condition...and has been vandalized, some of the writing removed. There is a nearby spring that floods the general area, turning the only drive/parking into a mudpit (at least in the early parts of summer). There's not much else to see...it's overgrown, with a decrepit bench and picnic table.

May 29, 2017 at 5:59pm PDT by skibumstevo

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HM NumberHM59V
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Placed ByDescendants and friends of Finnish Settlers, Woodland Bicentennial Committee, Washington State Highways Commission, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Cowlitz County Parks and Recreation Dept
Marker Condition
3 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 1:20pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 523798 N 5087825
Decimal Degrees45.94358333, -122.69296667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 56.615', W 122° 41.578'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 56' 36.90" N, 122° 41' 34.68" W
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Area Code(s)360
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2885-2899 Old Lewis River Rd, Woodland WA 98674, US
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