The public is invited to an open house/farewell reception for Rachel Vagts 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at ArtHaus, 508 W. Water St., in downtown Decorah.

The event is being hosted by family and friends.

Vagts is moving to Berea, Ky. after 15 years in Decorah. She served as Luther College archivist since 1998. She also was active in the community, serving on the Decorah City Council and the city's Planning and Zoning Commission, the Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity and Aase Haugen Homes boards, Winneshiek County Democrats, and at First Lutheran and Good Shepherd Lutheran Churches.

Vagts has been hired as the head of special collections at Berea College, a private liberal arts college in Berea. She begins her new position Feb. 3.

All are welcome to attend to say thank you and goodbye to Vagts.