About Eli’s Farm:
This exhibit is a recreation of the popular Eli Wirtanen Finnish Farmstead. Eli, an immigrant of Finland, was 34 when he homesteaded this property in 1904. The farm stands as a tribute to our area’s early settlers. A child sized corner log cabin is surrounded by a garden, chicken coop, and sauna. This interactive learning experience offers hands-on educational opportunities. Children can learn, through play, as the perform chores typical of daily life on Eli’s farmstead such as picking apples, using a washing board, gathering wood, and much more.
Located in the Depot, this permanent exhibit was grant funded by the Depot Foundation. It was created with the support of the Friends of the Wirtanen Pioneer Farm in Markham as well as the Nordic Center in Duluth.
The original Eli Wirtanen Finnish Farmstead is located 40 miles North of Duluth on Vermilion Trail – (Map)
Hope you were able to make it to the Bake Sale last November. We had a good turnout with goodies filling the tables and warm lunches to be eaten. Thank you to everyone who donated and attended.
Here comes Spring and that means it is time to get together at the Friends of Wirtanen Pioneer Farm Annual Meeting on Sunday April 17th at 3 pm at the Colvin Town Hall in Markham MN. Our guest speaker will be Philip Lobb sharing with us “Early History of Markham”.
There will be lunch in the Finnish Tradition following the meeting. Feel free to bring a dish to share.
Plan to join us for the afternoon!
❀Just a reminder ❀
Dues are payable in April and are still only $15.00 per individual.
Memberships, donations, grants and fundraisers
are our means of support and we are thankful for it!
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Come and join us for the Wirtanen Farm Fall Festival. This event will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm. As always, this event is free to all but donations are appreciated.
Plan on a day full of activities. Strawberry Fields draft horses will be at the farm and will provide carriage rides. Musicians performing under the tent throughout the day include Art Lehtonen, John Berquist, Jon Niemi and Brad Hoiland. For the children, there will be projects and baby animals.
Crafters and artisans will on the farm grounds demonstrating and selling their wares.
Lunch will be available for purchase at the farm.
Set this day aside to spend time with family and friends at the farm and “Experience Old World Serenity”.
Hope to see you there!
This festival is made possible in part by Lake Country Power (Operation Round- Up)
Hope you were able to make it to the Bake Sale last November. It is always a fun and flavorful occasion. That seems like a long time ago with spring bursting on the scene. We want to invite you to come out and visit with Friends of Wirtanen Pioneer Farm on Sunday April 19th at 3 pm for the Annual Meeting.
Pam Brunfelt will be our guest speaker at the Colvin Town Hall on Hwy 4 in Markham, MN. She will present “Dark Days, Hope, and the New Deal at the Grass Roots”. The Great Depression devastated people’s lives all over Minnesota. The effects of the economic crash led to massive unemployment on the Iron Range. The stories of the Iron Range and Otter Tail County are highlighted in this program, but the impact of the New Deal was the same all over the state.
There will be lunch in the Finnish Tradition following the meeting.
Darlene Saumer, President
Just a reminder dues are payable in April and are still only $15.00 per individual. Memberships, donations, grants and fundraisers are our means of support and we are thankful for it!
The Wirtanen Farm Day Fall Festival even took place on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm. The festival was better than ever this year. The weather was ideal, a perfect time to spend with family and friends.
Thank you crafters, artisans, and visitors for donations to support the farm. Also kiitos to all the volunteers, without you we would not be able to achieve this.
If you haven’t already done so, visit the farm to see the wood carved statue of a logger which was donated by Joan Hakala in memory of her husband Mike. Thank you Joan.
Make sure to participate in the Annual Bake Sale to be held on Friday, November 7th & Saturday November 8th from 8 to 5. Donated baked goods can be dropped off Thursday, November 6th from 4 to 6 and the days of the sale. Come to the Colvin Town Hall on Hwy 4 in Markham to enjoy visiting, lunch, goodies and hot coffee. Hunters – pick up your treats for the shack!
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It seems like summer just arrived and here we are talking about the Wirtanen Farm Fall Festival. This event will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm. (Click here to join the Facebook event!) As always, this event is free to all, but donations are always gratefully accepted.
It is sure to be a fun-filled day with Strawberry Fields draft horses joining us once again. We also have new crafters and artisans, including locally harvested honey and maple syrup. Musicians performing under the tent throughout the day include Art Lehtonen, John Berquist, Jon Niemi and Karl Hildebrant.
When you come to the farm you will see the fully restored tool shed in the center yard. Harold Johnson and Norm Jarva worked hard to accomplish the beautiful outcome. This project was made possible by the Wirtanen Farm Memorial Fund to honor those who have passed. Thank you to everyone who contributes to this fund. The memorial plaque is on display at the Colvin Town Hall.
Plan to spend the day with family and friends at the farm and experience old world serenity.
Hope to see you there!
Dear Friends –
Our Annual Meeting is on Sunday, April 27th at 3:00 pm at the Colvin Town Hall in Markham, MN. We will have lunch in the Finnish tradition following our meeting.
Pam Brunfelt will be our guest speaker. The program will be “Cooperatives and the Common Good”. Finns on the Iron Range started cooperatives, which these economic efforts helped immigrants survive the hard times and promoted the common good of the people.
See you there!
It’s time to get out and visit with Friends of the Wirtanen Pioneer Farm. Pam Brunfelt will be our guest speaker at the Annual Meeting on Monday April 15th at 7pm. We will be at the Colvin Town Hall in Markham, MN and have a small dinner in the Finnish tradition following the meeting. The program, “Visions and Realities of the Iron Range”, explores what it means to be an Iron Ranger. Through the use of themes such as Continuity and Change, Extraction and Exploitation, Distrust, Hope, Foresight, and Loyalty, the history of the people of the Iron Range is explained. The program is revealing to both Iron Rangers, who will recognize themselves, and to people who know little about the area and its unique heritage.
Several people have come forward with donations to the Wirtanen Pioneer Farm Memorial Fund honoring those who have passed. Plans with these funds are for a new sign at the entrance to the farm and also a memorial plaque to be displayed at the Colvin Town Hall. Thank you all who have donated to this fund.
Darlene Saumer President
*Just a reminder* Dues are payable in April and are still $15.00 per individual. Memberships, donations and fundraisers are our means of support and we thank you for it!