(The Pioneer)

Since 1905                                                                   113 Years of Service!

A not-for-profit Finnish American newspaper

Published by
Raivaaja Foundation, Inc.
640 Townsend Road
Groton MA 01450
 email: raivaaja@net1plus.com
  website: www.raivaaja.org

Marita Cauthen           Dennis Hill
Editor                     President

The project has passed  important milestones:
  2017 RAIVAAJA newspapers 12/1957-04/2009 are
microfilmed and digitally preserved.
January- October 2018  Newspapers 1944 to 1956 digitized

and preserved (forever) including all 8 of the 50th Anniversary Editions
(follow this link to read them online).

01.31.1955part102.31.197503.17.1988 New Format
1955                                            1975                                         1988
50th Anniversary Issue           70th Anniversary Issue             A New Format for RAIVAAJA

Follow this link to read  these and other RAIVAAJA newspapers
from 1944 to 2009

Follow these links to read some pages
(p12)  (p44) and (p104) from the book
Raivaaja Kymmenen Vuotta Tammikuu, 1915
published by RAIVAAJA in January 1915

Digitization  provided by NewEnglandMicrographics


Donations, Grants, and Gifts

The RAIVAAJA  2017-2018 Appeal continues.

Here is the
Latest Total from Our Generous Donors

  • We received a grant from the Fitchburg Cultural Council- http://www.mass-culture.org/Fitchburg (the local Mass Cultural Council) in 2018
  • A Finlandia Foundation (https://finlandiafoundation.org/) grant in 2017 to supplement the many donations from our loyal supporters, kiitos!
  • We will need more to complete the preservation of the remaining 1905-1950 newspapers.

Please answer our appeal with a donation in
(any amount that you can).
If you did not receive the letter:

 Please follow this link to download, read it, and send your donation, large or small,  to Raivaaja.

The nonprofit Raivaaja Foundation, Inc. depends on donations, gifts and grants to continue preserving,  publishing,  and communicating the issues of interest to the  Finnish-American community.   
Please remember the all volunteer Raivaaja with a donation.

You may download a donation form here

Donations made to the Raivaaja Foundation are normally tax deductible.

from the  Kalevala Program at Saima Park  02/24/2018

Presented by Kirsti Gamage


(Sung) “Olipa impi, ilman tyttö
Kave, Luonnotar korea....”
“She, the virgin of the air,
Luonnotar, the daughter of nature....”

Growing up I heard those words and that music countless times. They comprise the opening phrase of Sibelius’s tone poem for soprano and orchestra entitled “Luonnotar,” which he wrote in 1913. The text is from the first part of the  Kalevala; and like mythological tales from numerous
cultures around the world, it begins with the creation of the world, invoking Luonnotar, the Spirit of Nature and Mother of the Seas.
Today I will share with you my family’s connection to Sibelius’s tone poem “Luonnotar”, to the Finnish-American community, and to the  spirit of Nature that we Finns cherish.
I’d like to start with telling you about the first time my mother met Jean Sibelius. It was 1955 and she was a soloist at the Sibelius Festival in Helsinki, along with Jussi Björling and Kirsten Flagstad.  more


"The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sveriges
Riksbanks Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2016 to

Born 1948 in London, UK. Ph.D.1974 from Princeton University, NJ,USA.
 Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics at
Harvard University,Cambridge, MA, USA.

Born 1949 in Helsinki, Finland.
 Ph.D. 1978 from Stanford University, CA,USA.
Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics and Professor
of Economics and Management at
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.

for their contributions to contract theory"





A Story of a Cooperative by Savele

Follow the following link to browse
through the story by a former editor of

The Story of A Cooperative by Savele Syrjala

COOP Store MainStreet Fitchburg

Former Cooperative Society Store on
Main Street in Fitchburg at the
Location of Workers Credit Union


  Early Photo of
20th Century  Home of
  RAIVAAJA Publishing Company &
Workers Credit Union
Wallace Avenue
 Fitchburg, Massachusetts


Do you have comments, questions, news, or
postings of interest
 to the Finnish-American Community?
Check out our  RAIVAAJA Blog here:


Raivaaja Kalenteri

  Marita,  our editor,  continues to compile the Kalenteri and we will publish it on this web site.  Please  send in your  upcoming events to raivaaja@net1plus.com and we will include them on our Kalenteri web page which may be accessed by this link:

RAIVAAJA Kalenteri Page

Follow these links to see upcoming  events in:  
Alaska    Arizona  California  Canada: Colorado   Connecticut   Delaware   Florida    Georgia  Illinois  Indiana   Iowa  Louisiana   Maine   Maryland   Massachusetts   Minnesota    Michigan   Missouri  Nevada     New Hampshire  New Jersey   New York  North Carolina  Ontario  Ohio  Oklahoma  Oregon   Pennsylvania   South Carolina   Texas  Virginia     Wisconsin   Washington     Washington, DC

Links to more RAIVAAJA history:

Sow the Golden Seed

by John Ilmari Kolehmainen, ,
Published by Raivaaja (1955)




Your ad could be here and on any of the
RAIVAAJA web pages!
Call 1-978-343-3822 or email

RAIVAAJA Bookstore

The RAIVAAJA Bookstore is in operation and a continuing source of revenue.  Any support through purchase of books and CD's  will be promptly filled with our thanks for your continuing support. 
Be sure to browse through the

RAIVAAJA Bookstore  on line.

We specialize in Finnish and Finnish American
books, cassettes, videos, and CD's
Go the  Raivaaja Bookstore on line for books, vid
eos, and music.



RAIVAAJA is a not-for-profit publication owned by the Finnish American community.   It strives to keep its readership informed in Finnish and in English about happenings in Finland and in Finnish communities all over the world.   This kind of information is not usually found in the mainstream American press.  Our Raivaaja staff believes publishing to be the most important way to transmit knowledge of our ethnic history and culture from one generation to the next.  Publishing is also the vital way to communicate current events and issues concerning the future of our Finnish- American  cultural activities. RAIVAAJA provides a forum for this dialog.
Editor: Marita Cauthen

emails: raivaaja@net1plus.com

Bookstore:  Phone:  978-343-3822

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