Ted Kennedy at Saima Park 1961


Ted Kennedy at Saima Park 1961

Above is a photograph of Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy taken at Saima Park, Fitchburg (MA), in June 1961.  It was taken at that year’s summer festival of the Fitchburg Council of Cooperatives.  The Council was made up of three co-operatives founded by Finnish immigrants in the early 1900s: United Co-operative Society of Fitchburg, Workers’ Credit Union and United Co-operative Farmers. Workers’ Credit Union is the only one that continues to exist today.  In 2014 it will be celebrating its 100th anniversary.

This photograph is from the archives of the Raivaaja Foundation Inc. It originally came from the photo collection of the former United Co-operative Society of Fitchburg. The Society had a good budget for PR in its heyday.  Many photographs were taken for use in the “Co-op Times,” the Society’s member newsletter.

The photo shows Kennedy speaking from the old program platform that used to be at Saima Park.  It was eventually torn down and replaced by a new platform for the 1970 appearance of Finland’s President Urho Kekkonen.

submitted by J. Ratila

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One Response to Ted Kennedy at Saima Park 1961

  1. Vaino Kumpulainen says:

    Hyvä Raivaaja lehti ja sen lukijat.
    I have been trying to find my fathers sister that immigrated to Portland Oregon in 1912 ( not 100 % sure of year) her name was Anna Helena ( could be Heleena) Kumpulainen she was born in Kiuruvesi and was married twice first to Emil Puro and secondly man named Huld they had a son that came to visit his name was Reino any information that the readers could provide would be greatly appreciated I live in Canada in Ontario and would be happy to visit my aunts grave and also meet any relatives that followed.
    All The Best
    Vaino Kumpulainen

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