For nearly 50 years, Leif Erikson has stood watch over Shilshole Bay Marina and Puget Sound. According to the Sagas, he was the first European in America in the year 1000. His epic story inspired thousands of Scandinavian immigrants. The 16-foot statue was a gift to Seattle from the Leif Erikson League, a local Norwegian social club. Sculpted by Seattle artist August Werner, the statue was unveiled to commemorate Norway Day at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.
In 1962, the Century 21 Exposition offered millions of fairgoers a sleek glimpse into the future; at its end, Seattle had gained a world class civic center. You are invited to attend a free lecture at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at the Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse, 3003 NW 66th Street. Our featured speakers, Paula Becker and Alan J. Stein, are staff historians at HistoryLink.org. They will discuss their new book, The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy. The book will be available for purchase and signing. We hope to see you there!