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Visit Vesterheim for “Hedgie’s Halloween”

Wed, Oct 16th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa—Stop by Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, for spooktacular fun at “Hedgie’s Halloween” before or during Trick or Treating on October 31. The museum will be open late from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Wear your costume and get a sweet treat—something to eat and a 50% off admission coupon to visit the museum and “The World of Jan Brett” exhibit. Use the coupon anytime you’d like. Museum admission fees apply to visiting the exhibition during this event.

“Hedgie’s Halloween” is in connection with the exhibition, “The World of Jan Brett,” on view now through January 5, 2014. This fun and engaging traveling exhibition brings to life the stories of the beloved children’s author/illustrator. Original artwork, interactive adventure areas, and themed reading environments invite visitors to travel the globe and become a part of their favorite books. The exhibition welcomes all ages into the vivid cultures and endless imagination of these timeless children’s tales.

“The World of Jan Brett” encourages playful exploration in hands-on discovery areas and immersive environments. The exhibition features more than 50 original paintings from ten of Jan Brett’s bestselling books. Sketchbooks, hands-on discovery zones, and themed reading environments take visitors on a journey around the world to learn about the places and cultures that Jan Brett gets her inspiration from. There is even a super-size Hedgie, a hedgehog that is featured in the pages of many of Jan Brett’s best-loved stories!

“The World of Jan Brett” is on a nationwide tour and its display at Vesterheim is made possible through funds raised by the 2012 Deck The Tables committee and event. This traveling exhibition is organized by the Oshkosh Public Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in partnership with Jan Brett.

Jan Brett has more than 35 million books in print and has been one of America’s most beloved children’s author/ illustrators for over 30 years. Her books regularly occupy the #1 slot on the New York Times best-seller list. Her illustrations are adored for their classic beauty and vibrant life-like images of animals, landscapes, and flourishes from cultures around the world.

Vesterheim appreciates the support of its members. Museum members always receive free admission, discounts on classes, discounts in the Museum Store, the bi-annual magazine “Vesterheim,” and more. During September and October new members receive a choice of a Vesterheim tote bag or a hedgehog puppet, plus a one-time 20% off in the Museum Store.

Through 24,000 artifacts and 12 historic buildings, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, shares the most comprehensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world. This national treasure is also a center for folk-art education, keeping Norwegian-American heritage alive. For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at, 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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