“David M. Krueger’s multi-faceted analysis of the “cult” of the Kensington Rune Stone adds to recent scholarship on collective memory and the invention of identity. I know of no other study that so effectively traces a changing audience and the enduring allure of a foundational myth that persists despite almost universal scientific rejection.”
–MARY LETHERT WINGERD, Author of North Country: The Making of Minnesota
“Myths of the Rune Stone moves far past the Rune Stone’s legitimacy to explain how and why the stone fascinated and even obsessed such a wide swath of Minnesota’s European-descended population. The heart of this book is the story it tells about the persistent renewal of the Rune Stone story across a century of doubt.”
–JON BUTLER, Yale University
NEW! Fall 2016 Review: Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture, Vol. 50, No. 2/3.
Review by Graham C. Boettcher of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama.
Fall 2016 Review: The Annals of Iowa, Vol. 75, No. 4.
Review by Kristin Elmquist. Journal website: http://ir.uiowa.edu/annals-of-iowa/
11/04/2016 Review: Journal of the Iowa Archeological Society — Vol. 63:91-101.
Review by Colin Betts, professor of anthropology at Luther College. Full text PDF: krueger_myths-journal-of-the-iowa-archeological-society-11-04-16 Link to journal: https://archaeology.uiowa.edu/comprehensive-index-journal-iowa-archeological-society
9/1/2016 Review: Scandinavian Studies, Vol. 88, No. 2.
Review by Marit Barkve, a PhD candidate in Scandinavian Literature at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Full text PDF: krueger_myths-scandinavian-studies-09-29-16 Link to journal: http://scandinavianstudy.org/our-journal/
7/1/2016 Review: H-Skand (H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online)
4/27/2016 Review: Journal of Folklore Research: An International Journal of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
4/13/2016 Review: Minneapolis City Pages
Review by Mike Mullen. Link to online article: http://www.citypages.com/news/why-the-kensington-runestone-is-minnesotas-favorite-myth-8197218 Link to full-text PDF: krueger_myths-city-pages-4-13-16
Spring 2016 Review: Swedish American Genealogist
Review by Dennis L. Johnson (Subscription access only).
12/4/2015 “6 Local Books and Albums to Give this Holiday”
Myths of the Rune Stone make Minnesota Monthly magazine’s recommended list for holiday purchases! Read the review here: http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/Lifestyle/Shopping/6-Local-Books-and-Albums-to-Give-this-Holiday/