Meet Teddy Roosevelt June 29


Teddy Roosevelt Live!

The Northfield Historical Society and the Northfield Public Library have teamed up for the unique living history experience Teddy Roosevelt Live! at Northfield’s Central Park June 29 as part of the Books and Stars program. The event will include an interactive outdoor camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a presentation by the president at 7 p.m.

All the day’s activities are free and open to the public, and will take place rain or shine. No advance registration is required.

Teddy Roosevelt Camp
Three-time national champion living history performer and Roosevelt look-alike Adam Lindquist will run the camp before taking the stage. TR Camp will be an interactive experience where guests will see the president’s bed, writing table, steamer trunk, and antique accessories of the period. Displays in the camp will provide insight into Roosevelt’s many experiences, including his cowboy days in the Dakotas, fighting in the Spanish-American War, the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Safari, and the Roosevelt-Rondon Expedition down the “River of Doubt.”

Artifact displays and animal skins will provide Teddy with a variety of topics to speak about throughout the day.

The President on Stage
At 7 p.m. Teddy will take the stage to talk about how character helped a “sickly runt” become one of the country’s best-known presidents. Listeners will also get a taste of the president’s sense of humor as he recounts family stories about pet pigs and snakes, and how to disrupt visits by foreign dignitaries.

Books & Stars is made possible by : City of Northfield– Library, Northfield School District– Community Services Division, Northfield Historical Society & a Grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.












In celebration of our newest exhibit, Malt-O-Meal Originals: An Exhibition of Firsts, on June 23 we will have FREE ADMISSION to everyone!

Come on in and learn about the history of Malt-O-Meal and the failed 1876 robbery by the James-Younger Gang!

Suggested viewing for the Northfield Fireworks on July 4th

July 4th is almost upon us.  The City of Northfield has created this great map for some suggested viewing sites for this year’s show!

2016 Fireworks Viewing Locations

History Hound Walk


History Hound

History Hound Walk

Keep up with the Nuttings on the History Hound Walk June 25
Prairie’s Edge Humane Society and the Northfield Historical Society are once again partnering this year to present the History Hound Walk — a dog-walking tour that will include 11 of Northfield’s historic homes. Paws will hit the pavement June 25, and registration will begin at Central Park at 8:30 a.m. Tours will be held every hour and rotate between human-only an pet-friendly: 8:45 a.m., 9:45 a.m. (pet-friendly), 10:45 a.m., and 11:45 a.m. (pet-friendly). Participants also may walk the route on their own.

Cost is $20.00 per person; pets and kids 15 and under walk for free. All registered pets will receive a treat bag, and snacks will be available for humans.

Although having a pet is not required for participation, any and all leashed, friendly, and vaccinated pets are welcome. Proceeds will benefit Prairie’s Edge Humane Society and the Northfield Historical Society.
An example of the stories walkers will hear concerns the Nutting Home, built in 1888 and currently the residence of the president of Carleton College. Apparently Mrs. Nutting wanted to have the tallest house on the east side, so when a neighbor built a taller house she added enough to the Nutting home to keep it the tallest.

Eventbrite - History Hound Walk

NHS to open first exhibit featuring Malt-O-Meal Collection on June 23, 2016

installing painting

NHS Curator, Stephanie Hess installs a reproduction of a painting that was used in some advertising for Malt-O-Meal.

See highlights from the new Malt-O-Meal collection at the Northfield Historical Society! “Malt-O-Meal Originals: An Exhibition of Firsts” opens to the public with a free reception on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments (made with Malt-O-Meal products!) will be served.

The family of John Campbell, the founder of Malt-O-Meal, recently gave a collection of historic artifacts and archives to the Northfield Historical Society. This collection documents the growth and development of the original Malt-O-Meal hot cereal and the various promotions, advertisements, additional products, and facilities of the company. By caring for this collection, NHS can preserve the legacy of Malt-O-Meal and share its stories through a series of exhibitions.
The first Malt-O-Meal exhibition on view at the NHS will showcase examples of original achievements from throughout the company’s history. The company is full of historic “firsts” like Campbell’s successful hot cereal. Visitors will see images and artifacts showing the first plants and workers, the first customers, the first sales and products, the first radio promotion, the first new products, the first famous television advertisement, and the first production facility built outside of Minnesota. These stories will create a snapshot of key moments from the history of this company that has meant so much in the community of Northfield.
display“Malt-O-Meal Originals” will be on view in the NHS’s new display space, part of the generous donation from John Campbell’s family, for an entire year. The Society will feature additional thematic exhibits in 2017 and 2018 before celebrating the centennial of the company with a major exhibition in 2019.

History Happy Hour: “Minnesota’s Notorious Gangsters”

dillingerJoin the Northfield Historical Society Tuesday, June 14, at Loon Liquors (1325 Armstrong Road in Northfield) to learn about Minnesota’s connection to some of the nation’s most notorious gangsters. Sarah Hanson, executive director of the White Bear Lake Historical Society, will discuss the likes of John Dillinger, George “Bugs” Moran, “Ma” Barker and her boys, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, “Baby Face” Nelson, “Machine Gun” Kelly, and “Pretty Boy” Floyd.

The event — which is part of the new, more informal NHS History Happy Hour program — will begin with a social at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program at 6.

WheatonLoon Liquors will offer a free sample of its new Wheaton Barley Vodka during the event (before the product is available in stores later this month). In addition, the craft distillery will offer its regular line-up of mixed drinks and food for purchase.

Ghost Tour of St. Olaf–SOLD OUT!

The Ghost Tour of St. Olaf College is sold out for tomorrow June 7.