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.

Announcements

Christmas Open House Cancelled

Due to scheduling issues the Christmas Open House at the Bottle House Museum will not be taking place this year.

Annual Winter Solstice 2019

The Annual Winter Solstice ceremony will take place on Dec 21, 2019 at 4:00pm. Click for more details.

Visit our historical locations and sites, and check out info about our projects. 

Click to learn more.

The Kaleva Art Gallery is a cooperative gallery that supports many local crafters and artists. Click for more, including hours. 

This pleasant walk, established in 1998, takes you by gardens and unique sculptures in Kaleva. Click to read more.

Click for Kaleva Historical Society News and find out what's happening around us, and view past articles and information.

From dedications to activities, the Kaleva Historical Society holds and participates in many events. Click for more.

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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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Kaleva, Michigan