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      Grant helps preserve Finnish-American history

      Finnish-American historical archives are now being preserved for future generations, thanks to a $4,000 grant from the Keweenaw National Historical Park.

      Archivist Kent Randell and a graduate student intern will spend most of their summer digitizing about 250 cassette tapes from the early 1970s.

      The recordings were part of an oral history project to preserve firsthand accounts from immigrants and other notable residents of the Copper Country.

      "When they're gone, they're gone forever. Cassettes don't last forever, so the resource is there, the work has already been done. To not preserve it would just be a real shame," said Kent Randell, FAHA archivist.

      They'll also be scanning accompanying transcripts and making the files available online.

      The project should be completed by fall.

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