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.