Minnesota County Building Visitor Center to Tell the Kensington Rune Stone Story
It’s been a fairly profitable time to be promoting Eurocentric and Biblically literalist historical narratives, to judge by the buildings going up in honor of pre-Victorian views of Christendom. In Washington, the privately funded Museum of the Bible is set to open soon near the Mall, despite the continuing controversy over how the museum filled its collections. Last week, Hobby Lobby, the company whose controlling family is also funding the Bible museum, agreed to pay millions of dollars in fines after federal prosecutors determined that the company had purchased smuggled cuneiform artifacts for the museum. Since the bombshell report, new revelations have come to light about the company’s efforts to obtain even more Near Eastern artifacts with little or no concern about their provenance.
Meanwhile, Ken Ham and the Ark Encounter Noah’s Ark theme park are blaming the local government in Kentucky for not giving them enough free money and government support to maximize profits from the Ark. While all signs suggest that the Ark replica is pulling in some serious coin (it attracted 1 million visitors in its first year), Ham is casting blame in the apparent hope of securing more support from local authorities for his planned Tower of Babel attraction. Ham blames atheists and the mainstream media for casting his park as a failure: “Sadly, they (atheists and the secular media) are influencing business investors and others in such a negative way that they may prevent Grant County, Kentucky, from achieving the economic recovery that its officials and residents have been seeking.” For its part, the county reported that the promised profits from the park never showed up in government coffers.
But perhaps most interesting is the creation of a small new visitor’s center at Kensington Rune Stone Park, built with the input and consultation of former television personality Scott Wolter, and with the goal of creating a center for displaying the “true” story of the Kensington Rune Stone, a Victorian hoax purporting to be a medieval record of a Norse expedition from Vinland to Minnesota, as interpreted by believers in its supposed medieval authenticity.
According to an article last month in the Echo Press,
When complete, the visitor center will include a community room, lobby, outdoor patio, bathrooms and more. The 1,100-square foot community room will hold small gatherings of 50 to 75 people. The building will stay accessible year-round, so it may serve as a warming area for families using the sledding hill.
It’s good to know that when it comes to rewriting history and creating a monument to the brave Templars who colonized Minnesota for white Europeans, bathrooms are a major focus of the building, and the history of the rune stone will be displayed in an area that is about the same size as my living room and dining room.
Needless to say, Wolter was enthusiastic about the miniature museum space: “Because both Darwin Ohman and I provided technical and historical input into the design of the displays and interpretive information to be presented, we can tell you it is going to be an excellent educational tool. I know the public will be impressed and very proud of this state-of-the-art facility that will tell the story about this incredible historical artifact and the Ohman Family who first brought it to the attention of the world, especially for young people and children.”
Kensington Rune Stone Park, which encompasses the former Ohman homestead where the Rune Stone was unearthed in 1898, is a Douglas County park. While the visitor’s center exhibit was created in conjunction with the Kensington Rune Stone Park Foundation, it nevertheless carries the implicit endorsement of the county government. While the county says that multiple viewpoints will be represented, does that really help when fantasy and fact are presented as equal alternatives?
7/13/2017 10:46:51 am
I suppose the restrooms will feature pay toilet stalls?
7/13/2017 11:51:43 am
“Sadly, they (atheists and the secular media) are influencing business investors and others in such a negative way..." Maybe by pointing out that it's a stupid idea?
7/13/2017 12:14:39 pm
You are forgetting the main attraction of the Minnesota County Building Visitor Center. The thing people will travel miles to see and use.....a working bathroom.
7/13/2017 02:02:06 pm
Right, there will be rooms labelled His, Hers, and Wolters, with Wolters being the largest, as it will deal with a greater volume of crap.
7/13/2017 07:30:01 pm
I wonder if he's got the whole "wide stance" thing going.
7/13/2017 12:36:36 pm
Ken Ham is a lightweight! What kind of name is Ham anyway? KEN LAMO more like it! If I built an ark I’d get somebody else to pay for it. Like Canada… or Mexico! That’s the ticket! And my ark would be the greatest ark ever. That’s what everybody would be saying. #GEASTESTARKEVER! With lots of gold and maybe some big wings too. I like wings. And first rule of advertising: put your name on it. PUT YOUR NAME ON IT, LAMO KEN!
7/13/2017 01:30:28 pm
Your shtick is gettin' old, Buckwheat.
7/13/2017 01:39:08 pm
For anyone that wants to see the master plan for the Runestone Park visitor center, you can check it out here:
7/13/2017 02:45:15 pm
Except for the last entry, isn't that pretty much the same set of guidelines the KRS research team was going to follow? We all know how that turned out.
7/13/2017 02:50:04 pm
From Wolters Blog :
7/13/2017 03:06:20 pm
I think Wolter's use of "belief" was utterly ironic.
7/13/2017 04:03:12 pm
Right, the evidence doesn't support a "belief" that it's a modern hoax. It supports the certainty that it is. The linguists knew from the beginning, and any competent geologist would know from the fatal flaw the perpetrator of the hoax committed by carving a portion of the runes in calcite; which would have necessarily been illegible whether it was buried or exposed to above ground weathering for any appreciable amount of time, let alone over 500 years.
7/13/2017 09:46:32 pm
Well, it would be great if they ignored Wolter's nonsense completely in the new visitor center.
7/13/2017 06:37:20 pm
Anyplace in Minnesota that provides a warm free restroom is welcome. Who cares about the tourist trap next to it.
7/13/2017 09:24:29 pm
No one said "warm" and no one said "free". Stoneholes on the other hand are open all hours and are free. Ohmigod, what if the bathrooms ARE stoneholes?
7/13/2017 10:01:04 pm
So today, when he would actually be on topic, he doesnt have a comment?
7/13/2017 10:44:17 pm
Mine sides have left the orbit!
Donald Trump Jr.
7/14/2017 03:55:24 am
I love it !
7/14/2017 02:25:53 pm
Wolter: "New Kensington Rune Stone Visitor Center Construction Progressing Nicely"
7/15/2017 10:22:03 pm
Well, at least concrete is within his recognized field of expertise...
7/15/2017 01:15:57 pm
Are we ever going to be free of this damn Kenisington Rune Stone?
7/21/2017 10:17:23 am
Been away on a trip. No, TONY S., you are doomed to never be free of the KRS, because it is the Real McCoy...even though the so-called wise and educated are still self-blinded and "seemingly" confounded. They should run towards the KRS in panic, asking for forgiveness, while there is still time.
7/22/2017 03:52:20 pm
You, sir, are a master troll. Thank YOU for the laughs. I appreciate the amount of work you put into it, you are clearly very dedicated.
7/15/2017 01:28:20 pm
If a million people visited that fake ark creationist museum and told a million more, they likely are the ones who spread the word it is a fail, not some atheists.
7/15/2017 01:29:37 pm
Literalists auto corrects wrong for some reason.
7/16/2017 12:30:06 am
Autocorrect knows when you've been drinking.
7/16/2017 12:59:01 am
Ironically there is not much truth to the theories in the show, and most opinions there are not facts, but opinions.
7/26/2017 07:31:18 pm
First Jesse and now this!
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