North Wind Books History

Visiting North Wind Books at the Finnish American Heritage Center, you will find books and many other items to interest and tempt readers of both fiction and non-fiction, history enthusiasts, nature lovers, friends of the arts, and lighthouse and maritime buffs. There are books and gifts for travelers, titles for armchair philosophers, and books to rekindle memories of other times and places. Discover astounding photography, thought-provoking poetry and prose, and inspiring stories of early Copper Country immigrants and their contemporary decedents

North Wind Books was opened in October 1999 after Peter and Patricia Van Pelt, who had operated the bookshop at their home in Eagle Harbor for nine years, invited Finlandia University to purchase at cost the remaining North Wind Books stock. At that time, the Van Pelts donated to the college the bookshop’s shelving, mailing list, supplier contacts, name, logo and goodwill.

Since then, North Wind Books has enlarged its floor space and selections of books and gifts. The book shop has added Finlandia University logo wear and gifts, an entire room of children’s picture books and young adult fiction, and Finnish design items for the home. In 2005, an addition was constructed for the sale of textbooks and school supplies.

March 2nd, 2023 Finlandia University announced its closure stunning those in the community.  The Finlandia Foundation National board took immediate action and began working on acquiring The Finnish American Heritage Center, Archives, FAR, Gallery, Folk School, & North Wind Books.  These properties now operate under the direction of the FFN.  To find out more about the acquisition visit