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In Defense of Main Street

In Defense of Main Street

The Kensington Rune Stone as a Midwestern Plymouth Rock

Chapter:
(p.69) Chapter Three In Defense of Main Street
Source:
Myths of the Rune Stone
Author(s):
David M. Krueger
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816696918.003.0004

Chapter Three describes how civic boosters fashioned the rune stone into a symbol to unify small-town residents in their defense from external cultural critiques. At several public events featuring the rune stone, locals projected Olof Ohman as the quintessential “real American,” whose virtues exemplified the best of Midwestern life.

Keywords:   Kensington Rune Stone, rural community, Olof Ohman, Midwest history, Midwest culture

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