Welcome to the Northfield Historical Society

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.

For Information on the Defeat of Jesse James Days Celebration, Go To The Defeat of Jesse James Days Website.

The Northfield Historical Society Does Not Manage The Celebration. 

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

Plan Your Visit



Monday – Saturday     10 to 4

Sunday                           1 to 4

– Closed Labor Day – 



The Northfield Bank Raid

John Sletten: Northfield’s Cobbler Artist


Customize Your Visit

Go Through The Museum on Your Own

Pick Up Discussion Prompts for Adults or Students

Play I Spy With your Kids

Use a Spanish Language Booklet to Read Along

Please Note: All visits to the museum after that are self-guided.  




2021 Calendar

September       1-11 – Outlaw Run Virtual 5K/15K Run-Walk


                           12—Outlaw Run 5K/15K Run-Walk

                           24 – Northfield 1920 Walking Tour, 7pm 


Outlaw Run registration is open!

For information on the VIRTUAL run (September 1 – 11)

or the LIVE run (September 12)


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Make sure to pre-pay to reserve a spot on the walking tour scheduled for this Sunday. It's only $8 for NHS members and $10 for non-members. The tour begins at 1:30 on Bridge Square and will take you back 100 years to Northfield in the Roaring 20s! Join us! ... See MoreSee Less
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Don your glad rags and make plans to join the Northfield Historical Society on the final Northfield 1920s walking tour of the season. This tour is for anyone age 21+ who wants to see Northfield the way it was 100 years ago. Costumes are encouraged!!Sunday, September 26, 1:30pmNHS Members - $8. Non-Members - $10. Prepay your reservation.For info, please call 645-9268.We'll meet at Bridge Square and have a real swell time! ... See MoreSee Less
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It's like Christmas here at NHS - we're finally getting new boilers and a new water heater!! Thanks, Keith Pumper!! ... See MoreSee Less
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Next door to the First National Bank was Theodore Miller, who operated a furniture and undertaking business. According to a report in the Northfield News years after the raid, when Alonzo Bunker fled out the back door of the bank, he ran into Miller. Miller was hard of hearing and as he came out to see what was going on, Bunker literally ran headlong into him. Later that evening Bunker, likely still in shock, reportedly could not stop laughing at the thought of Theodore Miller tumbling over as Bunker ran past him. Miller also prepared robbers Bill Chadwell and Clell Miller (no relation) for their temporary interment in the potter's field of Northfield Cemetery. #DjJD #djjd2021 #northfield #DEFEATOFjessejames Images: Advertisements in Rice County Journal, 1976Sources: Northfield News, Rice County Journal ... See MoreSee Less
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The James-Younger Gang was routed at Northfield when they attempted to rob the First National Bank and although they left bloodied and empty-handed, they also left permanent scars on the community. In addition to acting cashier, Joseph Lee Heywood, a Swedish immigrant named Nicolaus Gustafson was also shot that day. Gustafson came to the United States in July, 1876 and settled in Millersburg with relatives. Gustafson spoke no English and was in town with neighbors to sell produce and gather supplies. At one point during the robbery Gustafson was in the stairway leading to the cellar of what is now known as the Bierman building. Not understanding Cole Younger's order to get off the street, Gustafson was shot in the head, but not killed. He was taken to the Norske Hotel where he died four days later. Multiple witnesses including Nellie Ames and John Olson, a carpenter working in the basement of the building where Gustafson was shot, fingered Cole Younger as the shooter. After his death, Millersburg residents erected the Christdala Church and cemetery as the first church and burial grounds for Swedish immigrants in the area. Because the church and cemetery did not exist at the time, Gustafson was buried in Northfield Cemetery where he has laid since his death 145 years ago today. #DjJD #djjd2021 #northfield #DEFEATOFjessejames ... See MoreSee Less
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