by Chloe Ellefson
from the Chloe Ellefson Mystery series by Kathleen Ernst
At least I hope you're having a happy spring. When you work at a huge historic site, as I do, spring can be a killer.
I've been curator of collections at Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor ethnic museum, for about a year now. Old World is a living history museum, where interpreters go about the daily activities Wisconsin's early immigrants pursued.
|The Pedersen Farm (Danish)|
Old World Wisconsin is closed during the winter, so getting all of the buildings open and ready for visitors is a huge job. I help train the interpreters and plan educational programs, too. And I do it all while trying to minimize contact with my boss, site director Ralph Petty. Let's just say we don't get along.
|The Surveyors' House, De Smet, SD|
I was speaking at a symposium about the famous author, and trying to authenticate a quilt believed to have been owned by Laura herself. A murderer was traveling the same route, and Kari had big problems I didn't know about, so the trip was a bit more stressful than I'd hoped. But things turned out OK in the end.
I grew up in the oh-so-Norwegian town of Stoughton, WI. Both of my parents are of pure Norwegian-American stock, and Mom in particular makes a huge deal of it. So I would be remiss if I didn't point out that today is Syttende Mai---Norwegian Constitution Day.
|Children's Parade, Oslo, Norway (Wikipedia)|