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Viking Ship
Good Templar Park,
Geneva (Kane County)



A striking artifact from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the Viking ship sailed from Norway to Chicago for display at the fair.  It was hand-built as a replica of an 8th-century Viking vessel, and donated to the people of Chicago by the Norwegian government after the exposition ended.  First displayed in the Jackson Park lagoon, the ship spent seven decades at the Lincoln Park Zoo before being relocated in an aborted 1994 restoration effort.  It now languishes in dry dock on private land in Geneva. Those familiar with the ship’s condition stress the need for immediate action and fear that its continued deterioration will make restoration impossible.  The Viking ship is still owned by the Chicago Park District, which has yet to secure restoration funding or a suitable home for this irreplaceable cultural resource. 










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