Learn About DeKalb’s Finn Town Tuesday at Ellwood’s Local Lore


Come to the historic Ellwood House this Tuesday, June 6th at noon, for “Local Lore”, this month, the topic will be DeKalb’s Finn Town. At the turn of the 20th century, DeKalb was such a hot-spot for Finnish immigrants that they had their own “town” in today’s Pleasant Street neighborhood. In this talk, NIU professor Diane Rodgers will explore the neighborhood’s unique history and share her own efforts to preserve Majakka Hall.

Local Lore is a series of adult lecture programs offered at the Ellwood Houses. Once a month, a knowledgeable speaker will present an hour-long program about history relevant to DeKalb County. All programs are free of charge and take place in the Ellwood House Museum Visitor Center, unless otherwise stated. Participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch to each program. For more information, call (815) 756-4609 or email trunzel@ellwoodhouse.org.

The Ellwood House is located at 509 N. 1st Street in DeKalb. July’s Local Lore topic will be, ‘The Winged Ear Logo: Origin and Evolution of a Global Classic’.


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