A Lecture by Frank Eld (Harkonen)
Finlandia Foundation National Lecturer of the Year 2018-2019
Monday, September 10, 2018 @ 7pm

Join us at the Cultural Center to hear a presentation describing Finnish log style construction, its history and uniqueness by Frank Eld on Monday, September 10, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m. at the Cultural Center in New York Mills. The event is free to attend and open to all.

Everyone loves a log cabin! For most, it has become the symbol of the frontier. But how many know where it came from or how it’s built?

For Finns, it’s much more. The log cabin is the icon of our Heritage. It was the mainstay dwelling of the Finns who ventured to the New Sweden Colony in 1638-55 and again during the North American “great migration” in 1890-1920.

During that migration into the US and Canada, many nationalities, including the Finnish, built log cabins. However, unlike the hastily stacked log shelters by others, the Finns built log houses, saunas and other structures which were carefully crafted in the Finnish vernacular style. Using techniques learned over centuries in the snow cold Nordic regions, these craftsmen practiced what is now a “lost art.”

Utilizing a PowerPoint presentation and an actual demonstration, Frank Eld describes Finnish log style construction, its history and uniqueness during this free community lecture.  Frank has traveled extensively, researching and documenting original Finnish log construction in the US, Canada and Finland. He founded a museum in Roseberry, Idaho which includes 8 Finnish log structures preserved among its 25 buildings. Frank has written one book, Finnish Log Construction-The Art, and is researching a second on the subject. A retired educator and businessman, Frank devotes his time researching, writing, consulting and preservation.

“My mission is to educate others on our unique Finnish Heritage of log building and encouraging its preservation.”  –Frank Eld

The Finlandia Foundation National (FFN) is the premier network of Finnish-American organizations in the United States. Its Lecturer of the Year (LOY) program was introduced in 2006 for the purpose of sharing the history and culture of Finland and Finnish America with audiences across the U.S.  Frank Eld is the current Finlandia Foundation Lecture of the Year for 2018-2019. Frank is the son of a Finnish immigrant carpenter who shares his passion for the unique method of building brought to North America from Finland in this presentation.

This event is free to attend; a free will donation will be collected to help support Frank’s travels and lecture series.