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Dr. Jack Helle will give lectures at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center about the Kensington Rune Stone.
The stone was found in 1898 by a farmer in his field near Kensington, Minn. The inscription, translated from Old Swedish, tells of immigrants on a reclaiming/acquisition journey to the west. The stone has been controversial among scholars for the past 100 years.
In 2000 the stone was authenticated by geologist Scott Wolter. He published a book in 2009 called "The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America," as a culmination of his seven-year research of the stone. Helle will give an educational presentation based on Wolter's findings, that promises to change the way we view at American History.
Following the presentation at 8 p.m. there will be a showing of "Svalbard Memories," a 30-minute pictoral presentation of the Sons of Norway's Svalbard Lodge, accompanied by Daly Wygant's accordion playing.