The Thread of Life
The Thread of Life – exhibit tells of the journey of a human life, the everyday, and the festivities, in Southwest Finland of the 1800s. The exhibit focuses on such landmarks of life as marriage and starting a family. The exhibit also shows how the Lutheran church’s lessons on a virtuous life walked hand-in-hand with folklore about banishing evil and misfortune and keeping it at bay.
The exhibit walks you through childhood, into youth, to courting and family life to secure one’s twilight years, and finally to letting go of them.
The historic house museum
The traditions of Mauno and Ester Wanhalinna are upheld by the historic house museum of the Vanhalinna manor house. It’s greatest treasures are the furniture originally from the University of Turku’s original Phoenix building. In addition to them, presented in the exhibit are mainly post-Winter War, post-Continuation War and post-Lapland War furniture and items.
The exhibit is focused on the downstairs rooms of the manor house, where the parlor, dining room, the maiden’s chamber, the Kultaranta-room, the Householder’s office, and the kitchen. Every room tells its own part of the Vanhalinna estate’s and the manor house’s history, and the story of its owners.
The fates of Finnish army officers as told by military uniforms of 1922-1945
The exhibit built into the Vanhalinna museum’s Arma Aboa room tells, through military uniforms and items, the journeys some officers went through in the Winter War, Continuation War, and Lapland War (1939–1945).
The development of Finnish military uniforms began immediately after Finland gained independence from more decorative m/22 parade uniforms to more practical and field appropriate uniforms with their m/36 lighter summer versions.
Various medals, associated documentation, and diplomas, along with photographs shed light to the lives of officers on their military careers during Finland’s wars in 1918 and 1939–1945.
The exhibit can be viewed until the end of 2021.
Picture: A Finnish army colonel in an m/22 parade uniform. Private collection
The home library of Eeva and Eero Matinolli
Eeva Matinolli (1930–2016) worked nearly the whole length of her career in Puolala School and Puolalanmäki Upper Secondary School as a teacher and headmaster. In addition to her work in the world of education, Eeva Matinolli was an enthusiastic researcher of Finnish history. In the autumn of 2021, with the donation of Eeva Matinolli’s will, Turku University Foundation established a fund which supports the research of Finland’s history, conducted in the University of Turku, with over 40 000 euros annually.
The spouse of Eeva Matinolli, Professor Eero Matinolli (1924–1981), was also a researcher of history. He was especially interested in churches and clerics.
The couple’s common interest in history can clearly be seen in their home library which is presented in Vanhalinna as an exhibition. The library contains particularly many history books of varying subjects, but there are other genres too, which tells about the extent of the couple’s interests. The library includes over 3000 books.
The exhibition can be viewed from October 20th 2021 until January 9th 2022.
Picture: Eeva Matinolli in Raimo Aarras’ portrait in 1990. Puolalanmäki School collection.