Northfield Historical Society

Making History Matter!

Our Story

The Northfield Historical Society (NHS) grew out of the activities of the committee formed to celebrate America’s bicentennial in 1975. One goal of the committee was to establish a museum. The committee first considered Joseph Lee Heywood’s house as a possible site, but members agreed that although the house had great historical relevance, it would be hard to adapt it for use as a museum. A few months later, the Scriver Building came up for sale, and the owner accepted the group’s offer of $125,000.
The committee then began the lengthy process of developing a non-profit organization run by volunteers. The new society had no money, and with publicity help from the Northfield News and KYMN Radio, NHS started seeking contributions.
The first substantial gift the society received was from the Northfield Lions Club. This was followed by donations from FUTURE (Friends United to Undertake Restoration Efforts) and from many businesses, organizations, and individuals. Finally, NHS had enough money to feel that the building was secure. On July 4th, 1976, the Northfield Historical Society celebrated its formation and dedicated the Scriver Building to public service as a museum.

 

Mission

To serve as the primary stewards of the unique history of the Northfield area, fostering an awareness of its meaning and relevance through the discovery, documentation, preservation and interpretation of our collective stories.

Vision

To achieve a fiscally sound organization driven by a large, diverse and engaged membership, innovative educational exhibits and programming, and a successful presence downtown and throughout the Northfield area.

 

Values

Integrity

Demonstrate integrity with our relationships with the community and in authenticating of our collected history.

Diversity

To embrace our community’s ethnic and cultural diversity, and ensure our programs, exhibits, and collections celebrate and reflect the differences and commonalities of our collective past.

Collaboration

To work effectively with culturally and ethnically diverse community, state, national, and international organizations in furthering our mission and outreach; to work together respectfully as an internal team comprised of board, staff, and volunteers.

Education

To teach Northfield history through creative, inclusive programs and exhibits, that help people learn the true, meaningful uses of the past.

Stewardship

To serve as dedicated guardians of our local history, maintaining the highest legal, ethical and professional standards.

NHS Staff

Cathy Osterman

Cathy Osterman

Interim Executive Director

Cathy oversees the preservation and documentation of NHS’s three-dimensional collection. She also manages the archives and provides assistance in developing and installing exhibits. She has been with NHS since 2012.

Stephanie Hess

Stephanie Hess

Curator of Digitization and Special Collections

Stephanie coordinates the digitization of materials for preservation and sharing online with the Northfield History Collaborative. She also catalogues, researches, and interprets the NHS photography and Malt-O-Meal collections. Stephanie has been with NHS since 2015.

Board of Directors

Officers

  • President – Sarah Beimers
  • Vice President – David Mucha
  • Treasurer – Mel Miller
  • Secretary – Rebecca Peterson
  • Past President – Christian Hakala

Directors

  • John Thomas
  • Ron Gardner
  • Greg Kneser
  • Cliff Clark
  • David Gonnerman
  • Chris O’Neill
  • Clark Webster
  • Joy Riggs
  • Teri Knight
  • Debby Nitz
  • Lisa Peterson