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Remarks by:
First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton
NMNH Director, Robert Fri
Nordic Council of Ministers Chairman Bjorn Bjarnason
Pres. & CEO, Volvo Cars N. America
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Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga is made possible through the generous support of Smithsonian partners Nordic Council of Ministers and Volvo
( Volvo Cars of North America and   Volvo Group).
This exhibition is presented in partnership with the White House Council on the Millenium.

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

The year 2000 marks the 1000-year anniversary of the Vikings' arrival in North America. According to historic documents and now confirmed by archeological finds, Vikings such as Leif Eriksson sailed west across the North Atlantic from their homelands in northern Europe, eventually reaching the northeast coast of North America in 1000 A.D. It was at that moment when Europeans and Native North Americans first met.

1000 year aniversary of the Vikings arrival in North America

The National Museum of Natural History will commemorate this historic event with a major traveling exhibition and educational initiative called Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga. This interactive exhibit will emphasize the historical link between Europe and North America while exploring how we come to know our past and the relevance the past has for the future.

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