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David M. Krueger

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696918

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696918.001.0001

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In Defense of Main Street

In Defense of Main Street

The Kensington Rune Stone as a Midwestern Plymouth Rock

(p.69) Chapter Three In Defense of Main Street
Myths of the Rune Stone

David M. Krueger

University of Minnesota Press

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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