Valuing Immigrant Memories as Common Heritage: The Leif Erikson Monument in Boston
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionHistory and Memory. 2018, 30 (2), 79-115. 10.2979/histmemo.30.2.04
This article examines the history of the monument to the Viking and transatlantic seafarer Leif Erikson (ca. AD 970–1020) that was erected in 1887 on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts. It analyzes how a Scandinavian-American immigrant culture has influenced America through continued celebration and commemoration of Leif Erikson and considers Leif Erikson monuments as a heritage value for the public good and as a societal resource. Discussing the link between discovery myths, narratives about refugees at sea and immigrant memories, the article suggests how the Leif Erikson monument can be made relevant to present-day society.
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