Friday, July 9, 2010

More Heritage Sites

In my time working with Viking magazine, no story has generated as many letters to the editor as our July “Hit the Road” feature. I shouldn’t be surprised to learn that Viking readers are passionate about sharing their heritage!

We knew our feature couldn’t possibly include all the Norwegian heritage stops in North America, so we ended the article by inviting readers to tell us about favorite spots in their area. We got a letter about the first Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We also heard about the Kendall Colony in New York, where Cleng Peerson led the first group of Norwegian emigrants to the U.S. in 1825. And we got several letters from readers in Seattle, politely reminding us that their Leif Erikson statue had fallen off our map!

Thanks to all who have taken the time to write. If there are more great heritage sites out there that weren’t featured, I’d love to hear about them. Contact me at

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minnesota, where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585. Amy is a Nordic folk music enthusiast, and when she’s not working or parenting, she can often be found making music with friends.

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