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FinnFest's North Shore Tour Brings
Visitors to the Larsmont School

by Sarah Simon, The North Shore Journal, August 4, 2023

Finns, and fans of Finns, flocked to Duluth last week for the annual FinnFest celebration. The five-day event draws folks from all over the country to immerse themselves in Finnish culture. The press release for the event touts “Everyone is invited to experience the fami­ly friendly FinnFest, North America’s premier event featuring the fabulous Nordic life and in­gredients of happiness from music and movies to saunas and shopping.”

According to the event schedule, all of the above is included as well as workshops, key­note speakers, seminars, and tours.


Finns and fans of Finns enjoy the north shore with a stop at the Little Red Schoolhouse. (photo by Sarah K. Simon).

As our North Shore has a great Finnish heri­tage history, many festival goers made the deci­sion to jump on the bus and check out the sites. I met up with the tour as they stopped in Lar­smont on Wednesday, July 26th to check out the one-room Little Red Schoolhouse built back in 1914. (Larsmont is named after Larsmo, Fin­land.) …

Link to Complete article at The North Shore Journal, August 4, 2023. (
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