• 2008

Our Primary Activities

  • Conduct annual ethnic-related festivals and events.
  • In conjunction with Embarrass Township, maintain the Nelimark homestead which includes a number of historic buildings and a collection of antique farm equipment. The Nelimark Sauna is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • In partnership with the Farmstead Artisans, manage the Nelimark Museum and Gift Shop, featuring local artifacts, photos, exhibits, written histories, ethnic craft items and much more.
  • Own and maintain the Apostolic Church, Gregorius and Mary Hanka homestead. The cattle barn on this property, was renovated by SISU Heritage, Inc. and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Own and maintain the Seitaniemi Housebarn. Work is in progress to preserve and restore this architectural jewel of Finnish log construction.
  • Provide a bi-annual newsletter for SISU Heritage, Inc. members.
  • Host "Community Nights Out" to bring people together around music and history

The Embarrass Area

  • The first white visitors to the Embarrass area were fur traders
  • In 1895, there were only 30 people living on the future site of Embarrass.
  • The community was nearly all Finnish from the early 1900's until the taconite mines of the 1950's.
  • Embarrass has received national recognition and is renown for its vernacular architecture - 7 sites on the National Register of Historic Places - Uncommon Place designation - featured on PBS specials

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