Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Wayrynen, Leena


Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Wayrynen, Leena


Wayrynen, Leena Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda Interviewer.


[Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library




2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file

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OH 38 Part 1
OH 38 Part 2

Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians.;Interviewer: Brayton, Linda (4/24/1978).

TRACKS: 1. Mrs. Wayrynen's background, decision to come to the U.S.A., initial employment, learning English, meeting people in the U.S.A. -- 2. Reactions to the U.S.A. (e.g. Americans emphasize history) -- 3. Separation from family, visits to Finland -- 4. Women in Finland, woman's rights -- 5. Church, lifestyles in Finland, music and theatre6 - Finnish people on Cape Ann today, reasons why many Finnish buildings are modern, city life7 - Raising a family in Rockport and in the U.S.A., attempt to teach Finnish to children, traditions -- 8. Traditions (contd.), cultural heritage -- 9. Finnish history includes reactions to the mass exodus at the turn of the century, reasons for emigrating -- 10. Sisu, geography and climate of Finland affects character -- 11. The trip over on the Queen Elizabeth, contrast to experiences of earlier immigrants.

The following names and terms were used in this interview: Riihimaki, Hyvinkaa, Kinkku, Roots by Alex Haley, Helsinki, Putnam, Conn., Sisu, Goteborg, Sweden.

Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.


Finnish Americans -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester.;Gloucester (Mass.) -- Emigration and immigration.;Oral history -- Massachusetts -- Cape Ann.;Women -- Massachusetts -- Gloucester.

Ann, Cape (Mass.) -- History -- Anecdotes.;Ann, Cape (Mass.) -- Social life and customs.

Collection :

Gloucester Oral History Collection

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Citation :

Wayrynen, Leena Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda Interviewer., "Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Wayrynen, Leena," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #7643, (accessed September 24, 2017).