For many generations, immigrants from Finland have settled in Maine and made significant contributions to Midcoast Maine and the United States in general. Steve Gifford will present a program entitled “The Finnish Imprint” at the Thomaston Historical Society, 80 Knox St., Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m., preceded by refreshments beginning at 7.

His presentation will overview the Finnish community in Maine, including the Finns' reasons for immigrating and why they chose to settle in Maine, their areas of settlement, economic endeavors, social organizations and contributions to life in Midcoast Maine.

Gifford spent 31 years as an educator at schools in Rockland; Bangor; Stavanger, Norway; and Warsaw, Poland. He has been interested in all things Finnish for a good part of his life and recently returned from a fifth trip to Finland.

He and his wife, Mary, have created summer exhibits for the Finnish Heritage House in South Thomaston for the past 10 years on various aspects of the Finnish-American settlement in the Midcoast (i.e., the granite industry, blueberry farming, poultry farming, sauna, music, etc.).