Kaleva - A Finnish Community in the heart of Manistee County.
In 1969 the Kaleva Historical Society (KHS) was formed by members of the community that wanted to preserve the heritage and history of family, church, and community.
Around 1900 when the first Finnish families moved to Kaleva they arrived to pine stumps and blow sand. Many that could afford to cut their losses and return to their homes did, but those who could not leave made the best of the what they had. By treasuring family, church and community and with a bit of SISU (Finnish for strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity) the founding families of Kaleva worked hard to persevere and erect a town from nothing.
From that proud heritage came the group of people who formed the Kaleva Historical Society. We hope you enjoy learning about our town, our history and our commitment to preserving the history of Kaleva, Michigan.
Join the K.H.S.
We always welcome new members at the Kaleva Historical Society.
If you are interested in membership, click here.
We also accept donations to help continue our projects and raise funds to maintain our sites throughout Kaleva, Michigan.
Did you know?
Sauna forms a great part of Finland's heritage and culture. It is estimated that there are over 2 million saunas, which averages one per household.
While we don't have that many in Michigan - we do have the highest population of Finnish Americans.
Read about our Sauna Project here.
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