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Elaine Hegg Book Signing

Book signing with author, Elaine Hegg, of Death in a One-Room Country School

Allamakee County Historic Preservation Commission is sponsoring a book signing by Elane Myhre Hegg, author of the book Death in a One-Room Country School, on Tuesday, June 16th in the Community Room (Lower level) of Robey Memorial Library from 6-8 pm.

Death in a One-Room Country School is the story of Inga Magnussun, a one-room schoolteacher, who was murdered at her rural school in Allamakee County.


Elaine Myhre Hegg's interest in Inga's story is long lasting. Her father, Clarence Edwin Myhre, was one of Inga's students and Elaine heard him tell this story many times throughout her youth. This story led her to develop a one-woman show in which she portrays not only Inga but one of Inga's students as well. Elaine has performed this show to many groups over the past fifteen years.

Elaine is a member of the Locust School Committee connected with the Winneshiek County Historical Society. She was a student in one of the last classes to attend the Locust country school before it closed in 1962. The school is now a museum. The Locust School has always been dear to Elaine's heart. Every fall, she enjoys writing a pageant for the country school reunion, held at the Locust School Museum.

Ten years ago she compiled and wrote the book entitled "The Story of Washington Praire and the Land Beyond". Elaine has always been interested in history. She enjoys researching and preserving history by writing stories and bringing them to life through drama, storytelling, letters, and diaries. She is a member of The Minowa theatre Players Group in Decorah and has performed in several productions.

Elaine  grew up on a farm in Pleasant Township seven miles north of Decorah, Iowa. She graduated with an English degree from Luther College and has used her education in working on various history projects. Elaine enjoys preserving the the past. She enjoys antiques and has a flair for decorating with the past in mind. She also enjoys her perennial flower bed. Elaine has always felt the importance of preserving memorabilia and stories for future generations. Elaine emphasizes that "Once the people are gone, the stories are gone unless they are written down and preserved."