Dragonfly Books owner Kate Rattenborg, left, and Vesterheim Director of Development Steve Grinna. (Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond)
Dragonfly Books owner Kate Rattenborg, left, and Vesterheim Director of Development Steve Grinna. (Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond)

Dragonfly Books and owner Kate Rattenborg believe more families would enjoy being a part of Vesterheim, the Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center, so they are offering $10 off the first 50 new family memberships signed up between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31.

Dragonfly Books knows how important stories are, Rattenborg explains.

"Stories bring us together, and Vesterheim is a special place for parents and grandparents to share their stories with their children and grandchildren, who in turn will be able to pass on those important stories," she says.

A Vesterheim family membership (two adults and children under 18 residing at the same address) usually costs $50, but with this offer they will cost $40- just as the holiday season begins.

"A family membership would make a great Christmas gift, and with the new family exhibition 'The World of Jan Brett' and Norwegian Christmas Weekend coming up, the timing couldn't be more perfect," said Vesterheim Executive Director Steve Johnson. "We cannot thank Dragonfly Books enough for offering this special promotion."

Vesterheim members receive free admission all year long, the full color magazine "Vesterheim," published twice a year; discounts on class tuition and on most items and mail orders from the Museum Store and other benefits.

"In addition to everything you receive with a membership, you get the satisfaction of knowing you help sustain one of our areas greatest cultural attractions," Rattenborg said. "Dragonfly Books is proud to support an institution that offers so many educational opportunities for our youth, provides an environment for lifelong learning and brings so many new visitors to Decorah each year."

For more information on the museum's youth programs, membership opportunities, exhibitions, classes, events 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.