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Title Interview with Hanna and John Hellberg (Brainerd, MN) [Part 2]
Author Hellberg, Hanna; Hellberg, John
Date 29 Oct 1981
Document Type Oral History (Audio)
Name Hellberg, Hanna
Interviewer Doby, Velma
Date of Recording 29 Oct 1981
Duration 00:31:40
Reference IHRC1560, Box 1, Folder H-4
Library / Archive Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota
Collection Name Minnesota Finnish American Family History Project, c.1860-1985
Description Hanna Hellberg explains about her membership to a performers' union and church groups before the interview moves on to her Swedish husband, John. John was 19 when he emigrated from Sweden and began working in a lumber camp. He describes how he worked in saw mills before becoming a naturalised citizen during the 1920s. He describes his home community in Sweden, coming to stay with his aunt in America, his marriage and children, Finnish customs, his membership of co-operatives and mining during the Second World War.
Series Description The Minnesota Finnish American Family History Collection (c.1860-1984) materials range from brief genealogies to extensive family history narratives relating the experiences of several generations. Collections include photographs, documents, and oral histories. The Collection offers a wealth of primary material with special strengths in women's, regional and family studies, as well as political and social events important to the area's Finnish Americans. The collection also provides a reliable tool for genealogical research, including as it does documents such as birth, death and citizenship certificates and papers.
Biographical Note / History Begun in 1979 and completed in 1984, the Minnesota Finnish American Family History Project had as its purpose the documentation of the personal histories and experiences of Minnesota Finnish Americans. The Project was sponsored by the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society and the Iron Range, St. Louis County, and Otter Tail Historical Societies.
Theme(s) Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences; Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Country (from) Finland; Sweden
Country (to) United States of America
Places Brainerd, Minnesota, Michigan, Virginia, United States
Nationality Finnish; Swedish; European
Keywords religion, church, education, employment, timber, mining, miner, language, naturalisation, farming, agriculture, livestock, marriage, family, sauna, temperance, Second World War
Catalogue Link Immigration History Research Center Archives Catalogue
Language English; Finnish
Document(s) linked to Interview with Hanna & John Hellberg (Brainerd, MN) [Part 1]
Interview with Hanna & John Hellberg (Brainerd, MN) [Part 3]
Hellberg, John and Hellburg, Mrs. Hanna (Brainerd, MN) – Narrative History
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