Project Contract Patrick Driscoll and Kerrin McTernan

Project Contract: Finnish Migration History in New Hampshire

Kerrin McTernan and Patrick Driscoll

Keene State College

Project Goals

  • This project aims to explore the Finnish migration and immigration into New Hampshire.


  • The focus will be on towns from Newport, New Hampshire to Fitchburg, Massachusetts.


  • The project is focused on documenting the lives of the Finns in New Hampshire, and what their experience was impacting the state of New Hampshire.


  • Another goal is to see if the Finns still live in the towns they first arrived to in the 1880s, and if their not where did they end up?


  • If we find out they went to other towns and communities outside of New Hampshire and Fitchburg, Massachusetts we will investigate if there is any significance in their change in location such as a push factor and use that research to fuel its weight in the final project.


  • We hope to bring to a wider audience the Finnish experience in New Hampshire.


  • We also hope to contribute to a wider awareness of cultural diversity in a seemingly homogenous state population such as New Hampshire.


Tools to be Used


  • Storymap is a tool that we plan to use to map out the communities the Finns lived in. Storymap will also be used to help locate geographically where these Finnish communities were/are on the map.


  • We also plan to use TimelineJS to illustrate various important chains of events in Finnish migration history in New Hampshire.


  • We plan on using multiple pages on our website to organize information by subject, so that any visitor to the website can explore what interests him or her.


  • We will utilize Twitter in various cases to conduct outward facing research and extend our project to additional platforms.


Goals for Kerrin and Patrick


  • Compile information from primary sources that are mostly from Newport, NH, and secondary sources from University of Michigan, Olli Turpeinen’s book on the Finns in New Hampshire to develop an in depth history of Finnish migration to New Hampshire and their culture and impact in the area.


  • Conduct outward facing reliable research and project that is professional and informative on the Finnish heritage that exists in New Hampshire.


  • Use a variety of resources (pictures, newspapers, books, magazines, interviews) across many platforms (WordPress, Twitter) to make our project more accessible and interesting to hopefully allow for more awareness of this history.


Schedule of Milestones


  • September 21st: Read half of Ollie Turpienen’s book The Finns in Newport, New Hampshire


  • October 5th: Kerrin to request files from University of Michigan that will help facilitate research and support in project direction.


  • October 6th: Patrick revisit Newport to cite and research the various sources that we know exist in the Richards Free Memorial Library in Newport.


  • Week of October 12: Sort through, prioritize, and organize research and begin process of developing project website.


  • Week of October 19: Continue developing and editing project site.


  • Week of October 26th: Continue developing and editing project site.


  • Week of November 2nd: Continue developing and editing project site.  By this time we will have visited Newport one last time if we find it necessary. This may be important for collecting more pictures, getting in touch with more people who are aware of Finnish history, or visiting cemeteries and searching for Finnish people.


  • November 9th: Create our Storymap.


  • November 16th: Final version of our TimelineJS(s)


  • November 23rd: Start to put the final touches on the project website/ final editing.


  • November 30th: Complete the project.

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