Finnish American Heritage Society

The Finnish American Heritage Society (FAHS) is a non-profit, non-partisan heritage organization founded in 1987. The building, known as the Finnish Hall, was built in 1925 and entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. That same year a 500 square foot Heritage Center was added to the original building. The addition includes a climate-controlled archive room, museum, library, office, handicapped accessible lavatory, and wheelchair ramp. 

The mission of the Finnish American Heritage Society is to acquire, collect and preserve documents, artifacts and records of Finnish American heritage specific to the Northeastern United States; to assist those interested in learning about and enjoying Finnish American traditions, customs, history, and cultural heritage; and to promote better awareness and appreciation of Finnish contributions to American life, past and present, as well as Finnish contributions to the world.

The Finnish American Heritage Society Museum is open to the public May - October on Wednesdays and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 10 am to 3 pm.  Appointments can be arranged to visit the museum at other times by calling 860 546-6671 or emailing

76 North Canterbury Road
PO Box 252
Canterbury, CT 06331
Finnish Hall with Flags