Science, Myth and Mystery: The Vinland Map Saga

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June 26 2018 - September 30 2018

75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355
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Explores the stories around and behind the publication in 1965 of a scholarly examination of a piece of parchment known as the Vinland Map. Publication of the Vinland Map threw into question the long-held belief that Christopher Columbus was the first European to reach American shores, in 1492. The map was dated by Yale researchers to about 1440, igniting a firestorm of debate about the moment of first contact -- could it be that Vikings from Scandinavia reached North American shores as early as the year 1000? Exhibition is made possible in partnership with the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.

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