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Viking Connection is an outreach program run by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Minnesota (HCSCC).  We are housed in the Hjemkomst Center, in Moorhead, home of the Gokstad Viking ship replica Hjemkomst, that sailed to Norway in 1982. HCSCC also interprets a Hopperstad Stave Church replica, a reconstruction of the Viking-Age stav kirke still standing in Vik, Norway. Viking Connection is a natural extension of HCSCC’s on-going work to preserve and present Viking-Age folk art in the Midwest.

We invite artists specializing in the Viking Age crafts of Scandinavia to teach and tour in the states of ND, SD, MN, IA, WI, and the UP of MI. We also offer an apprenticeship program to send dedicated students from the Midwest to study their chosen craft with a master artist in Scandinavia. Lastly, we offer a database of international artists interested in networking with each other.

The Viking Connection considers the Viking Age as falling between the late 8th Century and late 11th Century in Scandinavia. The 793 AD Viking raid on Lindisfarne monastery is often cited as the start of the Viking Age, while the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030 AD or the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD mark the end of the Viking Age. Whatever you feel encompasses this period in time, we hope you’ll find our website and programming useful and informative.