Lecture to trace history of handwritten newspapers

Handwritten newspapers were a common tradition in Finnish popular movements at the end of the 19th century and during the first decades of the 20th century, says Kirsti Salmi-Niklander.

An academy research fellow of folklore studies at the University of Helsinki, she will discuss her research into the history of the popular press in a free public lecture, “Hand-written newspapers as an alternative medium in Finnish and Finnish-Canadian popular movements,” Tuesday, October 23, at 2:30 p.m. in the Rose Room, Vanier Hall.

Dr. Salmi-Niklander says that handwritten newspapers gained new meaning in immigrant communities, where printed material was often scarce.

“Newspapers were written out by hand—most often as only one copy—but published orally, by reading them aloud at meetings,” she says.

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