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New Names Unveiled
Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014: A new plaque was unveiled at Seattle's Leif Erikson Plaza, bringing the total number of immigrant names listed to 2,276. The new plaque is located on the statue base.

The 14th stone at the Plaza still has room for names to be added or redistributed. While our Board deliberates our next steps, potential donors are welcome to for any future addition to the plaques.


Chris Jones, Board Member of Seattle’s Swedish Club, visits the Leif Erikson statue at the Vinland site: L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, where Leif first set foot on American shores.

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Two New Stones at Vinland
Two stones from Iceland are being installed at the site of the statue in L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, near Leif Erikson's Vinland settlement. Photos will be added here as soon as the installation is complete. Names of Nordic clubs from across North America will be added to the plaques on the stones.

2,276 Names Now at Shilshole
Scandinavian immigrant names were added to Seattle's Leif Erikson Plaza in October 2007, July 2010, and October 2014. A total of 2,276 names are now listed at the memorial, inscribed on plaques mounted on 13 rune stones as well as on the base of Seattle's Leif Erikson memorial statue. The Plaza is located at Shilshole Bay Marina.

Ship the Hard Way
A team in Tønsberg, Norway, is building
a replica of the ancient Oseberg Viking
ship
discovered there in 1904—using only manual power and exact copies of Viking tools. It sounds like a boat Leif Erikson could be proud of.


Who We Are
LEIF is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the study, education, and promotion of Leif Erikson as the first recorded European to come to America, and of Scandinavian culture and connections between Scandinavians and Americans.

CONTACT:    
Leif Erikson International Foundation
206-778-1081 •
2245 NW 57th, Seattle, WA 98107