Campus News
Home » Campus News and Events » 9-18-13, Heritage Center to Host Reading of "The Copper Country Strike of 1913"

Please enter a search term to begin your search.

Heritage Center to Host Poetry Reading of "The Copper Country Strike of 1913"

Lillian LehtoHANCOCK, MI - The Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, will host a reading of 's narrative poem, "The Copper Country Strike of 1913," on Monday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m.

Eelu KivirantaLillian Lehto will read the poem, which she has translated to the English language. Lehto is the granddaughter of Eelu Kiviranta (1873-1953), a Finnish immigrant miner and farmer who during his lifetime self-published and sold a number of booklets of his original poems.

The poem provides a first-hand look at the 1913 strike and its effects on the Copper Country area. The reading will be accompanied by a slide show of archival photographs illustrating many of the scenes mentioned in the poem. The presentation will be followed by discussion and coffee.

Lehto has translated a number of Kiviranta's poems, which are published in her 2010 book "A Rascal's Craft."

The event is free and open to the public. The Finnish American Heritage Center is located on the campus of Finlandia University at 435 Quincy Street in Hancock.

For more information, call 906-487-7505.

Photo caption: Lillian Lehto

Photo caption: Eelu Kiviranta