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Author Kathleen Ernst’s New Book Set at Vesterheim

Tue, Oct 15th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — Award-winning author Kathleen Ernst will sign her new book, “Heritage of Darkness,” at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, on October 31, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Museum Store.

“We’re especially excited to invite Kathleen Ernst to Vesterheim, because her new mystery novel is set at the museum,” Ken Koop, Museum Store Manager, said.

“Heritage of Darkness” is the fourth in Ernst’s “Chloe Ellefson Mystery” series. Chloe, the main character, is a curator at Old World Wisconsin and she continually runs into trouble in her world of history and artifacts. In this new novel, Chloe comes to Decorah with her mother and her beau to take a rosemaling class at Vesterheim. Tension abounds when there is a murder in the museum as soon as they arrive.

“As director I may be partial, but I've always considered Vesterheim a very exciting place—though perhaps never quite as exciting as in this tale of folk art and murder,” museum Executive Director Steve Johnson says. “Few are above suspicion—not even the museum's director!—in this totally captivating page-turner that also manages to celebrate the importance of heritage and tradition in our lives.”

There will be other events with Ernst at Vesterheim this fall. She is teaching a class with Darlene Fossum-Martin from November 1-3. The class, “Holiday Food Traditions: Remembering, Writing, Tasting, Sharing,” will include fun, reflective, and imaginative writing activities and traditional holiday baking demonstrations. “You will leave with lots of creative ideas for turning recipes and memories into cherished family gifts,” Fossum-Martin said.

On Free First Thursday, December 5, Ernst will give a “Chloe’s World Tour” through the museum, highlighting the locations featured in “Heritage of Darkness.” The free tour will begin in the lobby of the Main Building and guests are asked to gather at 9:50 a.m.

Through 24,000 artifacts and 12 historic buildings, Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center in Decorah, Iowa, shares the most comprehensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world. This treasure is also a center for folk-art education, offering a wide variety of classes in authentic Norwegian folk art every year. For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at vesterheim.org, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.

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