This log playhouse was constructed about 1902 by Juha Tupanen Norha for nine year old Alma.
Alma, her mother, Maria, and her grandmother, Elizabeth, arrived in Embarrass from Finland in 1901 to join her father, Samuel, at his homestead cabin. . . . — — Map (db m107202) HM
Woodsmen and railroaders comprised the sparse population of the Embarrass area until the late 1800s, when a permanent community was established by Finnish immigrants. In 1905, Embarrass Township was incorporated, and the Finnish settlers began to . . . — — Map (db m127864) HM
The Embarrass Cooperative Association was formed in 1909 by a small group of residents in response to economic insecurity and low prices for their produce. It sold food, supplies, clothing, hardware, and even forest and farm products on behalf of . . . — — Map (db m127865) HM
Times were tough in the life of an immigrant farmer in northeastern Minnesota. Subsistence farming was a way of life that had gone on for centuries in Finland. Immigrants knew what was needed to survive in the harsh climate of the area. All family . . . — — Map (db m127866) HM
The most characteristic feature of the Finnish homestead is the sauna (pronounced "sow-na"), a place for family and friends to share what they considered to be the "well spring" of life and health. To Finnish homesteaders, the sauna was more than . . . — — Map (db m127862) HM