FAHS Museum and Archive

The museum and archive collections focus on the history, culture, and traditions of the Finnish Americans who settled in the Northeastern region of the United States.

Hours: Wednesdays and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to 3p.m., May - October, or by appointment.  Call the Hall at 860 546-6671 or email info@fahs-ct.org for an appointment.

The FAHS Museum is currently undergoing a major transformation.  In late Spring of last year, FAHS was awarded a Museum Makeover grant to create a new interactive display for visitors in conjunction with Conservation ConneCTion and the Connecticut League of History Organizations. The grant is administered by CT Humanities and funding was provided by the Connecticut Department of Community and Development/ Connecticut Office of the Arts from the Connecticut State Legislature.
The Collections Management Committee worked for the next several months with two Traveling Museum Curators assigned to FAHS by the grant administrator, Elysa Engleman from the Mystic Seaport Museum and Nicole Carpenter from the Westport Museum for History & Culture. Arleen Andersen, a graphic designer with the Mystic Seaport Museum, also consulted on the project. 

The new wall panel, “What We Bring With Us,” and the companion interactive door panel, “What Would You Bring?” were installed on November 5, 2022. The wall panel focuses on the Memories, Traditions, and Hope that immigrants brought to their new homes in Eastern Connecticut.  The interactive door panel invites visitors to fill in a card to post on the doorway, stating what they might bring with them if they were moving to a new location.
The museum transformation continued into December when the entire museum was dismantled and the walls and ceilings were given a new coat of paint.

The museum is slowly coming back to life. Additional new displays are in progress and will focus on the themes of Nature, Community, and the Arts.

The museum will reopen to the public in May and an Open House is planned for Saturday, June 10th, in conjunction with CT Open House Day.

Arleen Andersen, Katrina Bousquet, and Elysa Engleman mount new panel

Patti Folsom checks out new Finnish flag magnets for interactive display

Kaz Kozlowski dresses mannequin with newly donated folk costume

Travis Jacobsen of Northeast Painting painted the two rooms of the museum