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Near Woodland in Cowlitz County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

The Finn Hall

 
 
The Finn Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 9, 2008
1. The Finn Hall Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected by Descendants and friends of Finnish Settlers, Woodland Bicentennial Committee, Washington State Highways Commission, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Cowlitz County Parks and Recreation Dept.
 
Location. 45° 56.615′ N, 122° 41.578′ W. Marker is near Woodland, Washington, in Cowlitz County. Marker is on Finn Hall Road (Washington Route 503). Touch for map. Marker is in a small rest
The Finn Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 9, 2008
2. The Finn Hall Marker
area on Finn Hall Road, about four miles east of Interstate 5. Marker is in this post office area: Woodland WA 98674, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Woodland Community Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.9 miles away); Deer Island (approx. 7 miles away in Oregon); Fort Vancouver (approx. 10 miles away).
 
Categories. Notable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,498 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 18, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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