Kathleen Ernst's Visit to Vesterheim


Author Kathleen Ernst is coming to Vesterheim for a number of events. Read more about her new mystery set at Vesterheim and check the schedule below!

Who would have thought there would ever be a mystery novel featuring Norwegian folk art? Of course, it would have to be set at Vesterheim. Kathleen Ernst’s fourth Chloe Ellefson Mystery is just that and it’s great fun. As a previous history museum curator, Ernst knows artifacts and knows the museum world. She’s a rosemaler, too! Read the whole series to set the scene and then enjoy seeing a world you know turned upside down with murder and intrigue, then brought together with respect and love as the characters discover what’s most important to them.

Kathleen Ernst is an award-winning, bestselling American author of 26 published books that fall into three main groups: “American Girl” mysteries and historical fiction for readers ages 8 and up; Chloe Ellefson mysteries for adults and mature teens; and American Civil War books for adults and young readers. Kathleen's work has earned numerous honors, including multiple Edgar and Agatha national mystery award nominations, and an Emmy for children's educational programming

October 31
Book Signing with Kathleen Ernst

From 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Bruening Visitor Center on the corner of Water Street and Mechanic. Author Kathleen Ernst will be available to sign her books and talk to visitors.All four mysteries in the Chloe Ellefson series are available at Vesterheim's Museum Store.

November 1-3
Class—
Holiday Food Traditions:
Remembering, Writing, Tasting, Sharing
With Kathleen Ernst and Darlene Fossum-Martin

Fri. from 6:00-8:30, Sat. and Sun. from 9:00-5:00

$148 Vesterheim members / $198 non-members
Call Darlene at 563-382-9681 to sign up.

Precious family stories are often shared around the table, and many involve favorite recipes. This holiday season, treat yourself to a special weekend designed to help you recall, record, and celebrate food traditions from your family or community. The workshop includes fun, reflective, and imaginative writing activities. You’ll also enjoy baking demonstrations of favorite traditional Christmas goodies, like rosettes and krumkake as well as advice about preserving and protecting kitchen heirlooms. You’ll leave with some holiday goodies, a finished scrapbook page, and lots of creative ideas for turning recipes and memories into cherished family gifts. Please bring a special family holiday recipe to share. If you do not know how to prepare it, maybe we can help! There will be an ingredients fee.

December 4
Chloe's World Tour and Dinner with author Kathleen Ernst

This event is full. Please call to be placed on a wait list.
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Tickets for this event cost $25. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Jocelyn at Vesterheim—563-382-9681.

This tour, which is limited to 25 participants, includes:
• An after-hours Chloe’s World tour. The tour will take readers through the museum, highlighting the locations featured in Heritage of Darkness. Stops will include the Norwegian House, the rosemaling and woodworking exhibit galleries, the vault, and the Valdres House in the Open-Air Division. The tour also includes a stop at one of the museum’s collections storage facilities for a peek at some hidden treasures.
• A visit to the rosemaling classroom featured in the book, where participants will enjoy dinner with the author. The meal will include the soup featured in Heritage of Darkness, salad, and drinks.
• A sampling of Norwegian Christmas cookies and a book discussion in Vesterheim’s Bruening Visitors Center.
• Favors for all participants, plus special door prizes.

The tour will begin in the lobby of the Main Building. Please gather at 5:20 p.m. Since the tour and discussion will include major plot points, guests are encouraged to read Heritage of Darkness in advance. Museum members and those registered for the ticketed tour who order the book through Vesterheim’s Museum Store will receive a 10% discount on the book.

December 5
Free First Thurdays Event
Chloe's World Tour with author Kathleen Ernst

Free - no reservations necessary.
10:00 a.m. - noon. The tour will take readers through the museum, highlighting the locations featured in Heritage of Darkness. The tour also includes a stop at one of the museum’s collections storage facilities for a peek at some hidden treasures. The tour will begin in the lobby of the Main Building. Please gather at 9:50 a.m. Since the tour will include discussion of major plot points, guests are encouraged to read Heritage of Darkness in advance.