We Lived on Oak Street, Finnish immigration documentary

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We Lived on Oak Street immigration documentary on DVD


In Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio, on Lake Erie, the concentration of Finnish immigrants was so great in the early 20th century that mail from the homeland reached its destination with the simple address “Harbor” and the recipient’s name. The robust Finnish men were drawn to the Harbor by the job opportunities on the ore and coal docks, but they soon branched out into businesses and shop keeping. This one-hour documentary looks at the migration from the perspective of second- and third-generation Finns who grew up in the Finnish neighborhood on the Harbor’s west side, “Oak Street.”


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