The Kensington Runestone and the enduring mystery of it's origin continue to be the hallmark of Alexandria's Runestone Museum which has been home to the Kensington Runestone since 1958. This is recent history when compared to the span of the Runestone's life. It was discovered in 1898 clutched in the roots of the aspen tree on the Olaf Ohman farm near Kensington (15 miles west of Alexandria). The Kensington Runestone has led researchers from around the world and across the centuries on an exhaustive quest to explain how a runic artifact, dated 1362, could show up in North America.
The discovery of the Kensington Runestone changed the life of Olaf Ohman and his descendants forever. To this day, if you visit the museum you will recognize instantly that there is something unusual about this artifact. An understatement is that it has been a lightning rod for debate.For more than 100 years, scientists, geologists, and linguists have studied the stone in an effort to offer a conclusive answer to the question of the Kensington Runestone's authenticity. The Runestone Museum's research library is packed with books and articles exploring the story of the stone.