(The Pioneer)

Since 1905                                                                   116 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

December 2020The project has passed a very important milestone:
18,940 RAIVAAJA newspapers, (124,468 pages) from 1905 to 2009 are
and preserved (forever)
including all Anniversary Editions

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


Digitization  provided by NewEnglandMicrographics


Donations, Grants, and Gifts

We have received most generous grants from the following:

Finlandia Foundation National
(https://finlandiafoundation.org/)  in 2017&2020

Fitchburg Cultural Council- https://www.mass-culture.org/Fitchburg 
(the local Mass Cultural Council) in 2018, 2019, and 2020

A generous 2020 grant (https://finnspark.wildapricot.org/)

In addition:

Here is a link to
Our Generous Individual Donors who

make up 75% of RAIVAAJA funds received  from 2015-2020

The RAIVAAJA  2015-2021 Appeals continue.*
Additional funds are needed to complete the preservation of all the 1905-2009 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        may be tax deductible as part of the Covid relief legislation.

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


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

Links to more RAIVAAJA history:

Follow the links below to download & read
the 1915 book 

Raivaaja Kymmenen Vuotta
                                  Tammikuu, 1915


Sow the Golden Seed

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





Or a copy of the 1915
Raivaaja Publishing Company



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 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 North Dakota Ontario Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania South Carolina Texas Vermont Virginia Utah Wisconsin Washington Washington, DC Finland

COOP Store MainStreet Fitchburg

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


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




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

**“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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