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.

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  408 Division Street

Northfield, MN 55057

Phone number: 507-645-9268

Fax number: 507-663-6080


     Monday – Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Sundays 12 pm to 4 pm



$5 – Adults

$4 – Seniors (65+)

$3 – Students

$2 – Children (6 to 12)

Free – Children under 6

Free – NHS Members




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Cheer the triumph of women gaining the right to vote in 1920. The Northfield Historical Society has the traveling League of Women Voters exhibit on display until Sunday, September 27. See it before it's gone! ... See MoreSee Less

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It's time to reveal this week's #WhatsitWednesday item! This shell was brought back from the Western Front in 1918. More specifically, this was from the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the final Allied offensive of World War I. The battle began on September 26, 1918 and lasted until the Armistice on November 11, 1918. Involving an approximate 1.2 million soldiers, the battle was the largest American offensive of the war, and one of the biggest and deadliest in American history. In addition to battlefield casualties, American losses were exacerbated by the Spanish Flu pandemic. We honor
and remember the sacrifices of the men and women on the battlefield and in the hospitals of that offensive that began 102 years ago this week. Thanks for playing, check back next week for another #WhatsitWednesday!
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It's time for our weekly #WhatsitWednesday challenge! Here is this week's mystery item. See if you can guess what major battle this munition is from! ... See MoreSee Less

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Here's is this week's #maskedupmonday challenge! This week we have Thorstein Veblen! Thorstein Veblen was born in Wisconsin to Norwegian immigrants in 1857 but grew up in Nerstrand. After graduating from Carleton College, Veblen went on to become one of the most famous economists of the early twentieth century. Veblen died in California in August, 1929, just a few months before the Great Depression. Thanks for playing, check back next week for another Masked-up Monday! ... See MoreSee Less

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What Visitors Are Saying about the Northfield Historical Society

Visited with teenagers. They enjoyed the variety of explanations including a video orientation. Well done! Great restoration and presentation of a time after the Civil War when times were still turbulent.
Richard J., Gainesville, Georgia

We really enjoyed seeing this museum. They kept the actual bank part of it as it was when Jesse James and friends tried to abscond with the money. The film was very informative and we left feeling that we well understood what took place.
Kelly B.

Certainly worth the $5 admission…The young lady who walked us through the bank was a high school student who volunteers at the museum, She did a better job as a storyteller relating the events than many adults…
Trip Advisior

Three of the four of us [on the tour] are James historians, with one of us a person who works at the James Farm and two of us are James writers. We found the tour to be accurate and well done by our tour guide.
Elizabeth J. Lexington, Missouri

The Historical Society was very well done. There was a $5.00 entry fee and it was worth it. We watched a film on Jesse James and read more about him. It also had a room describing Malt o Meal. It’s worth the stop.
Via Trip Advisor

This is not your typical “any town” Historical Society Museum…
Annie T. - Yelp