Northfield Historical Society

Museum and Historic Bank Site


The mission of the Northfield Historical Society is to connect individuals to the history of the Northfield area by collecting, preserving, and sharing its unique stories.

Visit Us

  408 Division Street

Northfield, MN 55057

    Phone number: 507-645-9268

   Fax number: 507-663-6080



$5 – Adults

$4 – Seniors (65+)

$3 – Students

$2 – Children (6 to 12)

Free – Children under 6

Free – NHS Members

Help NHS end the year strong

with a donation!

You can read our year-end letter here.

Donations mailed in or made via Square

  go into our General Fund.

 What’s New For 2022


The museum will be closed Monday – Friday in January and February.

The museum will be open on Saturdays 10 – 4.


– Additional Programming –

January         15         Late Night at the Museum

                       22         Late Night at the Museum

                       29         Kids Night at the Museum


February         5          Late Night at the Museum

                12         NHS Annual Meeting*

                       19         Late Night at the Museum

                        26         Kids Night at the Museum


                                                                                See the Programs & Events page for program details.

                * The Annual Meeting will be VIRTUAL this year.

                Please sign up via Eventbrite so that you get all the info on the meeting.

             See the Programs and Events page for program details.


Our Beloved Archer House: A Community Icon

The Northfield Historical Society will be salvaging bricks from the Archer House in the coming week or
two. We will be making these available to the community as a fundraiser with Rebound Partners’
blessing. At this time we don’t know how many we’ll be able to salvage and we don’t know when we’ll
have the sale (spring/ summer) but we PROMISE to let the community know!
** There is no list to reserve a brick and we haven’t talked yet about shipping bricks.
Please bear with us as we work with Rebound Partners to figure all of this out for you.**

NHS welcomes J Term students Lydia Bermel and Adriana Sanchez to the museum! 

New Year, New Plans

NHS will be closed to the public during the week in January and February but open on Saturdays. Why are we closing? NHS staff is undertaking some hefty projects in 2022 and we wanted two, interrupted months to get a jump on our accomplishments. Read on to learn what projects we will be tackling. Also, follow us on Facebook – we will be posting updates regularly on the progress of our projects.



NHS has the opportunity to work with two talented students from St. Olaf during January J Term. NHS will be adding a touch screen interactive kiosk to the raid exhibit in 2022. One of the topics to be explored on the kiosk is the indigenous people from this area. One of the J Term students will research the Wahpekute and will develop some of the content for this kiosk. The other student will focus on digital preservation. She will digitize the records of some downtown buildings as a step toward adding them as a digital resource for researchers. NHS staff will be devoting time to overseeing these important projects.

(Image credit: In “Territorial Imperative: How Minnesota Became the 32nd State,” by Rhoda Gilman Making Minnesota Territory 1849-1858; Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1999).


Collections Processing

It’s no secret that NHS has had its share of building maintenance issues in the last couple years. We are now faced with a large backlog of items to process. Some of the collections we haven’t gotten to yet are large collections containing hundreds of items. We need the uninterrupted time to catalog, photograph, and provide storage for all of these new items.




Exhibit Planning

Staff at NHS will be spending a good deal of time planning and preparing for the 2022 exhibit featuring Fran Hall. From writing text to preparing artifacts to adding hands-on activities to scheduling programming, this exhibit is going to require intensive efforts and a lot of coordination. Having a clear calendar to spend time creating the newest NHS experience will be necessary—and worth the wait to see it.



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Museum staff is working diligently to prepare our upcoming exhibit on Fran and Tally Hall's around the world trip in 1963-1964. We want to know if you or someone you know has any memories or correspondence from Tally Hall. Tally traveled with Fran on this trip in spite of health problems and was an invaluable asset to Fran. We would love to tell more of her story in this exhibit as well but are missing written or oral accounts of her perspective. If you can help, please contact the museum or comment below! Image: Tally Hall holding a lamb in the Middle East, 1963 #wewannaknow #northfield #airstream #WallyByam ... See MoreSee Less
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It's Kids Night at the Museum this coming Saturday, 6:30 to 8:30pm. Kids get in FREE with a paying adult chaperone. No reservations needed - just drop in! ... See MoreSee Less
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Dreaming about warmer days... Today marks our last #takeovertuesday 🙁 Over the last month I have been able to scan over 200 documents and prepare them for the digital archive. Thank you for following along for the last couple of weeks, I hope you have enjoyed all the fun facts & photos:) Stay warm, Lydia ... See MoreSee Less
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Hey folks! It's Adriana here with another #TakeoverTuesday. This week I am starting to put my research together in order to make a touchscreen interactive for the museum! There is a lot to cover on the history of the Dakota, but I will be focusing on the 1851 Treaty of Mendota. This treaty, as well as the Treaty of Traverse de Sioux (1851) included the land that is now Northfield. Slowly but surely I am making my way towards a completed section of the interactive!#northfieldhistoricalsociety #NHS #museumwork #brightauthor #northfieldhistory ... See MoreSee Less
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Looking for something new and different to do this coming weekend? Grab the kids and come down to the museum for Kids Night at the Museum! We will have the games out from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Kids can play individually or join in the organized group games. It's FREE admission for kids with a paying adult chaperone. Join us! ... See MoreSee Less
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