Wednesday,  October 3

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

American Swedish Institute


Viking Myths of Minnesota’s Kensington Rune Stone

A presentation by David Kruger, Ph.D.

In 1898, a Swedish immigrant farmer claimed to have discovered a large rock with writing carved into its surface in a Minnesota field. The inscription told a North American origin story, predating Christopher Columbus’s exploration, in which Viking missionaries reached what is now Minnesota in 1362 only to be massacred by Indians. 

In this lecture, Dr. Krueger will discuss what Minnesota’s Viking myths reveal about anxieties related to religious and racial diversity that persist to the present day.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Come early and purchase dinner at FIKA! 

David M. Krueger is a storyteller, scholar, author, and educator who is passionate about public history and social justice. His areas of expertise include  American religious history, violence, myths, and popular culture

Viking Myths of Minnesota's Kensington Rune Stone
Free and open to the public (registration with ASI is encouraged, but not required).