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BHS to host program on ancestral secrets

BEECHWOOD—The Beechwood Historical Society will hold a program exploring ancestral secrets at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Beechwood Hall located at 178 Beechwood Store Road.
     Betty Kangas Petroski will reveal discoveries she has made while translating records from the former Finnish Lutheran Church that served the Beechwood community from 1894-1956.  
    Petroski served as the executive secretary for the Consulate of Finland in Chicago before returning to the Iron River area in her retirement years.
     “As I translate, I feel overwhelmed by the level of determination and dedication of our ancestors,” Petroski said.  “In spite of their hardships, they persevered and built a log cabin church and a faith community.”
    Beechwood volunteer Pat Turner will explain the significance of these 100-plus year-old documents and how they were acquired by the Beechwood Historical Society.
    “A grant from Finlandia Foundation International is assisting in this effort to preserve and understand these historical documents,” said Charlotte Bofinger. “We will also discuss how these documents will be used in future exhibits and for research.”
    Prior to the presentation, a potluck meal will be served.  There is no charge for the program, but donations toward the project will be accepted. There will also be raffle baskets at the event.  
    For more information, call 906-284-1501 or check the Beechwood Historical Society Facebook page or its website.