Volunteers needed to host Lindgren Cabin

Weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day (May 25 to September 1, 2024)

Each year volunteers from FFCPC and other organizations act as hosts to open the Lindgren cabin museum to visitors and share this important Finnish landmark.

The cabin was built in 1928 by Erik Lindgren and his neighbor, William Merila. It was set near the edge of a meadow on Soapstone Creek and was constructed from red cedar, hand-split into planks, then hewn with scalloped-shaped axes. The logs were joined with full dovetail joints and stacked one on top of another. No nails were needed for the walls, gravity held them in place. Further, the planks were so carefully crafted, there were no gaps between them.

The design of the building and its remote setting were said to reflect Kaleva: a Finnish epic. The Lindgrens offered their cabin as a gathering place where Finns picnicked, sang folk songs and recited poetry.

Just a few years after the cabin’s construction, the Lindgrens moved to Astoria leaving it to the elements. By 1968, vandals were breaking into and threatening the structure. The building was carefully dismantled, transported 40 miles, then reassembled by members of the Finnish Brotherhood. Today, it is operated and maintained by the Columbia-Pacific Chapter of the Finlandia Foundation. The cabin is open for tours in the summer.

Hosting the cabin includes opening the windows and door, placing the flags and sign out, uncovering the furniture and placing items such as the guestbook and other items on the table, doing a quick sweep up of critter debris, then sitting back at the picnic table out front and welcoming guests. Host hours are typically from 11am to 3pm but if you only have a couple of hours to open the cabin, we would appreciate that as well.

Please visit our Volunteer page to sign up!


Soiva means “sounding forth.” A joyful noise!

JULY 15-21

LocationGwinwood Retreat Center in Lacey, Washington

Tuition (includes all meals, lessons, activities and lodging for the week): $1,500

Final Showcase Concert: 2 p.m., Sunday, July 21 at the National Nordic Museum in Seattle

Soiva 2024 offers youths aged 12-17 the opportunity to unlock their creative potential in a supportive and nurturing environment. Campers will develop skills for creative expression through singing, playing instruments, lyric writing, improvisation and various musical games and activities. Students will spend their time learning how to share, listen, collaborate and create with others.

Find out about Soiva International Music Camp here!


Salolampi Finnish Language Village is a unique experience in Minnesota that immerses campers in a Finnish experience, from the authentic architecture to the food served, daily schedule of activities, the lakeside sauna—even the treats and souvenirs sold in the camp store.

Finnish is one of 15 languages in the Concordia summer language program for seven-to-18-year-olds, and is one of the six cultures that have architecturally authentic villages on Turtle River Lake. The other such villages are German, French, Norwegian, Spanish and Russian.

The languages without villages are taught at these existing language sites and rental properties in the area. In a typical year, the Finnish language enrollment of 150 young people usually arrive from 20 to 25 states.

The camp sessions run for one- two- or four weeks. It is also possible to earn high school credit in the intensive language course.

Click here to learn more!

Finlandia Foundation National awards funds of up to $300 each for a summertime residential session. In addition, students may be eligible for one of two types of travel grants. Application for Scholarship Deadline for applications is April 30, 2024 visit: https://finlandiafoundation.org/programs/salolampi-finnish-language-village/



Deadline: 11:59 P.M. PST on FEBRUARY 1, 2024.

Deadline: October 30th, 2023