NHS named one of the Top Ten Best Western Museum of 2015 by True West Magazine!

Top 10For a dozen years, True West magazine has recognized the best Western museums in America for their dedication to their mission of keeping the Old West alive in our communities and nation

True West magazine is proud to announce that one of the top ten True West Western Museum’s for 2015 is the Northfield Historical Society, in Northfield, Minnesota, in recognition of their superior exhibitions and ability to reach all generations through their creativity in interpreting the West while fulfilling their institution’s mission.

“Northfield Historical Society’s dedication to excellence, and their mission of preserving and interpreting our great Western history for all generations, is inspiring,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “They keep the Old West vibrant and relevant for 21st century audiences.”

Northfield Historical Society is honored for its extraordinary exhibitions and dedication to local and regional history.

Spur Award-winning writer Candy Moulton and the editors of True West picked the winners for this annual award based on the extraordinary efforts of the museums over the past year to create and host new temporary exhibits, as well as maintain dynamic permanent exhibitions.

Museums were also nominated through an application form on the magazine website.

The museum feature includes “Museums to Know,” “Museums to Watch,” “Natural History Museums,” “Ranch and Agriculture Museums,” “Best Historical Buildings,” “The Top Ten Western Museums and “Art Museums to Watch.”

True West magazine is in its 62nd year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation. For subscriptions and more information, visit http://www.twmag.com or call 888-687-1881.

Dan Jorgenson Book Signing!

NHS is pleased to welcome back to Northfield, Dan Jorgenson. Dan will do a presentation and book signing on his new book, a novel entitled “And DanThe Wind Whispered.”

The program will start at 6:30 and is free and open to the public.

You can read a great article about the program in the Northfield News here.

We are back! Help us curator our next exhibit and footnotes!

NHS 40th logoWe are back up and running after the 4th of July holiday and a few staff vacations!  So lets jump back into it.

The response we received on our last poll for adding items to our next 40 for 40 exhibit was great! So here is the second one!

For the past seven months NHS staff have been developing the 40 for 40 exhibits. We have enlisted help of some of our NHS members, but now we are asking for some broader community input. We have narrowed down the final exhibit themes to ten possibilities. We only have room for five. Help us choose what goes into the exhibit.

Over the next few weeks we will be posting voting polls, pitting artifact vs artifact. At the end of the voting period, the top 5 artifacts/themes will be in the final 40 for 40 exhibit that opens in October.

The rules are simple, you can vote once per day! The artifact that has the most votes will be the winner!

Also, with all the time off, we seemed to have forgotten the History Footnotes, so here are the ones to get us caught up.

#11. “An organization of carpenters applied for a charter from the Minnesota Federation of Labor on February 5, 1920. Once the charted was granted, this group formed the first labor union in Northfield.”

#12. “Mayor Chas E. Bork published a notice in the July 29, 1920 issue of the Northfield News requesting that all Northfield citizens remove weeds from their front yards. He declared that his duty was to make Northfield look neat – ‘just a little neater than other cities.’”

#13. “The Fifth Street bridge over the Cannon River, costing the city $200,000, was dedicated on August 21, 1964. It replaced a through truss steel bridge from 1886. While some mourned the loss of this antique bridge, most residents were pleased with the openness and spaciousness of the new Fifth Street crossing.”

Help us curate our next exhibit!!

003The Northfield Historical Society is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. The public has generously donated items to the society since the beginning. The 40 For 40 exhibit was created to celebrate and share some of the amazing items that have been donated over the years. The exhibit also commends all of the donors who have shaped the collection by the items they chose to save and donate.

For the past seven months NHS staff have been developing the 40 for 40 exhibits.  We have enlisted help of some of our NHS members, but now we are asking for some broader community input. We have narrowed down the final exhibit themes to ten possibilities. We only have room for five. Help us choose what goes into the exhibit.

Over the next 8 weeks we will be posting voting polls, pitting artifact vs artifact. At the end of the voting period, the top 5 artifacts/themes will be in the final 40 for 40 exhibit that opens in October.

You can vote once per day until voting ends.

You can also vote on the, Help us curate our next exhibit page.

Help us curate the next 40 for 40 exhibit.

 

History Month coming to a close…

NHS Curator, Cathy Osterman installs a 1916 banner from the Rice County Fair when it was held in Northfield.

NHS Curator, Cathy Osterman installs a 1916 banner from the Rice County Fair when it was held in Northfield.

This week marks the end of the 2015 Northfield History Month and what  month.  We are going to go out with a BANG!

Be sure to join us at the remaining events, starting tomorrow, June 30th!

June 30: 40/40 Exhibit Opening

Northfield Historical Society at 7:00 p.m.
The Northfield Historical Society is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. The public has generously donated items to the society since the beginning. The 40 For 40 exhibit was created to celebrate and share some of the amazing items that have been donated over the years. The exhibit also commends all of the donors who have shaped the collection by the items they chose to save and donate.
Items featured in this exhibit include:
• A leather fireman’s helmet worn by Ross Phillips, an early Northfield Fire Chief who served the department for 50 years.
• A grain scale that was used in the Ames Mill
• A silk banner that was awarded for the best booth at the Rice County Fair in 1916.
• An aviation kit bag used by William Cupp in World War II before it was thrown from the plane Cupp was in over Belgium.

Silver STarsJuly 4: Vintage Baseball Game
St. Olaf College below Old Main Hill at 11 a.m.
See base ball the way it was meant to be played when the Northfield Silver Stars stomp the St. Croix Base Ball Club. The rules of 1860 were different from today’s game, including: no gloves allowed; the batter is out if the ball is caught on the first bounce; no balls or strikes are called by an umpire, although a batter can still strike out if he swings and misses three times; foul balls are not considered strikes; and base runners can be tagged out if they overrun first base.

Fireworks
This year’s Fourth of July display will be launched from the kickball diamond of the Northfield Middle School (just south of town on Division Street/Highway 246) at dusk. Spectators are welcome to view the display from the comfort of their own blankets and lawn chairs on the green spaces of the middle and high schools, Bridgewater Elementary, and nearby Taylor Park (be sure to clean up your area after the show) — or wherever you have a good view.

4th of July

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Image from David Allen.
All Rights Reserved
http://www.davidallenart.com/product-category/northfield-minnesota/page/3/

The Northfield Historical Society will be closed on July 4th in observance for the Independence Day holiday. We will be open our normal hours on July 3 and July 5.

History Footnote #10

NHS 40th logoThis year NHS is celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary. For the next 40 weeks we will unveil 40 interesting Northfield history facts. All of them were pulled for the Northfield News. Some are of major events and some are just fun! We hope you enjoy this series and remember you make history happen every day!

An influenza epidemic struck Northfield in February of 1920. As a result, all public functions shut down, including public schools, church services, and pool halls. Yet various volunteers, especially Northfield school teachers, reached out to care for the sick and their families.