(The Pioneer)

Since 1905                                                                   118 Years of Service!

A not-for-profit Finnish American newspaper established in Fitchburg Massachusetts

Published by
Raivaaja Foundation, Inc.
640 Townsend Road
Groton MA 01450
 email: marita@raivaaja.org

Marita Cauthen           Dennis Hill
Editor                     President

October 2023:

The project has passed a second important milestone:
All newspapers may be downloaded here:
Raivaaja (Finnish-American) Newspaper Archive, 1905-2009
A project in cooperation with the Boston Public Library

December 2020The project has passed a very important milestone:
18,494 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 the above link to download and read complete newspapers online).

01.31.1955part1sivu102.31.1975 sivu 103.17.1988 New Format
1955                                            1975                                         1988
50th Anniversary Issue                70th Anniversary Issue                  A New Format for RAIVAAJA

Follow the above link to read  these and all other RAIVAAJA newspapers
printed from 1905 to 2009

*February 2022:  We were pleased to have submitted digital copies of all Raivaaja newspapers to the Boston Public Library,
a grant awardee of National Digital Newspaper Program of the Library of Congress
 and the National Endowment for the Humanities (https://www.loc.gov/ndnp/awards/index.html

We anticipated project completion, at which time web access of all RAIVAAJA papers in searchable PDF are now available.

Digitization  provided by NewEnglandMicrographics


Design by Susan Navarre  Executive Director  Fitchburg Historical Society

Honoring Oskari Tokoi

A Presentation by Roy Helander

Monday, May 15, 4:00pm.
 Fitchburg Historical Society,
781 Main St., Fitchburg, MA.

May 15 marked the 150th anniversary
 of Tokoi's  birth.

  4:00 Coffee & Cake
  4:30 Roy Helander History Talk

The public was invited to learn more about this remarkable man who was Finland's 1917 Premier, and eventually settled in the Fitchburg area, where he served as a long-time editor of RAIVAAJA (The Pioneer) the Finnish-American newspaper.
"A bold adventurer, a stubborn fighter for human rights, an able leader of men, a skillful politician, a trustworthy statesman, a courageous journalist, and a persuasive speaker. A man of wisdom, compassion, and not least, of courage." *

*John I. Kolehmainen, PhD, in his Introduction to Tokoi's autobiography, Sisu

Read more about Tokoi in the 05.18.1973 RAIVAAJA Centennial  Celebration issue of Tokoi's birth


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 2015-2023

The RAIVAAJA  2015-2023 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


"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.


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

email :marita@raivaaja.org


**“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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