Click to Read The Norse Mythology Blog's report from the Vinland-seminar:
THE SEMINAR WAS A SUCCESS!
We are delighted to be able to say that the seminar was a great success. With more than a 100 attendees from 5 states and 5 countries, we have accomplished what we set out to do. Over the next few days, we will upload pictures, videos and lectures from the various presenters. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, our team, and of course our presenters and guests for making this such a great event! We also want to extend a special thanks to Steve Haas and Norwood Crossing for doing such an amazing job catering and preparing for our reception. Also to Gary T. Johnson, president of the Chicago History Museum for opening the seminar. I would think even those who are from Chicago will have learned so much about our city, and from those coming in from other cities and countries, why Chicago is so important to Scandinavian immigration to the US. So stay tuned for more updates, and hope to see you all next time!
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The study of the Viking age is a field experiencing increased popularity today. The old idea of the Vikings as barbarians has now been replaced by a more complete view. The seafaring Scandinavians with their art, advanced religious, social and political systems and pioneering maritime and military technologies are now seen as founders of the idea of democracy. The more we learn about the Vikings, the clearer it becomes that this was a civilization just as advanced as itís European counterparts.