Esko Aaltonen (1893-1966) – a lifetime of local history

  • Hannu Lahtonen


Last year was one of celebration, not only of Finland's entry into the European Union but also manifestly of Finnish culture. It was one hundred years since the foundation of the country's first local history society at Lohja.

A year before that, on March 9. 1893 a boy who was baptised with the very Finnish name of Esko, was born into the family of a weaving mill worker. Later Esko was to become a major force and pioneer in the local history movement.