Homemade Skis Donated To Local Museum. Curators Trying To Determine If They’re Either Part Of Maine’s Rich Ski Heritage, Or The Whole Thing

Finnish-American Heritage Society of Maine

Finnish-American Heritage Society of MaineTwo vintage handmade skis that illustrate a chapter of Maine’s rich skiing heritage have found a new home. Measuring more than nine feet long, the pair of skis was crafted of wood in the late 1930s by Eino Koljonen, who was born in 1904 in Finland and is buried in the Finnish Cemetery in West Paris. They were donated to the Finnish-American Heritage Society of Maine by Koljonen’s daughter, Madeline Roberts. They resided in the society’s museum in West Paris for many years. The society recently transferred them to the Ski Museum of Maine on long-term loan. The Ski Museum, located in Kingfield, will display them among its collection of historic ski gear. (read more at Bethel Citizen)