(The Pioneer)

Since 1905                                                                   115 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:
  December 2019  Newspapers from 1920*** to 2009 digitized

and preserved (forever) including all 8 of the 50th Anniversary Editions
In July 2019:   

RAIVAAJA Vol. 1, No.1 (Tiistaina Tammik-nin 31 p. 1905)
  was digitized
and is available on line.
(follow this link to download and read complete newspapers 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 1905 to 2009

Follow the links below to download & read
the 1915 book 
Raivaaja Kymmenen Vuotta
                                  Tammikuu, 1915
Or a copy of the 1915
Raivaaja Publishing Company



Digitization  provided by NewEnglandMicrographics


Donations, Grants, and Gifts

The RAIVAAJA  2015-2020 Appeals continue.

Here are
Our Generous Individual Donors who
make up 80% of RAIVAAJA funds received  from 2015-2020

In addition:
  • We received grants from the Fitchburg Cultural Council- https://www.mass-culture.org/Fitchburg (the local Mass Cultural Council) in 2018, 2019, and 2020
  • 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 1905-1920 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


  Early Photo of
20th Century  Home of
  RAIVAAJA Publishing Company &
Workers Credit Union
48 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:  

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.

COOP Store MainStreet Fitchburg

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


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.

***Jan-June 1926 RAIVAAJA microfilm archive in hand and will be digitized in early 2020
Editor: Marita Cauthen

emails: raivaaja@net1plus.com

Bookstore:  Phone:  978-343-3822

**“This program is supported in part by a grant from the Fitchburg Local Cultural Council,
a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.”

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