Board and Staff

Founding of the Historical Society  The Northfield Historical Society (NHS) grew out of the activities of the committee formed to celebrate America’s bicentennial in 1975. One of the goals of the committee was to establish a museum and to find a home for it. The committee first looked at Joseph Lee Heywood’s house. The group agreed 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. The group made an offer of $125,000, and the owner agreed. The committed then began the lengthy process of developing a non-profit organization run by volunteers. The new society had no money. So with a great deal of help with publicity from the Northfield News and KYMN Radio, NHS immediately started asking for 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.




 Employment/Contract Opportunities

Job Title: Museum Collection Assistant
The Northfield Historical Society (NHS) seeks a part time (16 hours a week) Museum Collection Assistant. Pay will range between $13.00 and $14.00 an hour.
Reporting Relationships:
Reports to the Curator
The Museum Collection Assistant works closely with the Curator to manage the day to day operations of the NHS collection.
The Museum Collection Assistant supervises interns/volunteers that are working in the archives.
Will supply month reports to the Executive Director that are reported to the board of directors.
General Responsibilities:
The Museum Collection Assistant with the Curator will oversee the care and maintenance of the of the NHS archives. The bulk of time however will be devoted to executing the work plan surrounding the City of Northfield collection housed at the Northfield Historical Society. In addition, the Museum Collection Assistant will respond to all research request with support from the Curator and Executive Director. Finally, this position supplies support to the Northfield History Collaborative, an online digital repository of Northfield history housed at NHS.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
 Complete the 2015 work plan for the City of Northfield Collection.
Which includes uploading the 1875-76 City Council Minute Book to the Northfield History Collaborative
Completing data entry for the collection
Completing metadata for digitized audio/video files
 Complete the NHS photo inventory project
 Provide general reference service to patrons as needed
 Provide 2 hours a week service to the Northfield History Collaborative
 Participate in professional activities and organizations.
 Represent the Society at professional functions or as assigned.
 Other duties as assigned

 Minimum of bachelor’s degree in History, American Studies or other topic relevant to the NHS mission.
 3-5 years’ experience in library or archives setting required.
 Self-directed and the demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects at once
 Excellent verbal and written communication skills
 Knowledge of archives theory and practice
 Excellent computer skills in word process, excel and database management, Past Perfect. In addition, applicant must understand metadata for archives.
Work Schedule:
This is a part-time position of 16 hours a week through December 2015 with a strong possibility to grow via grants and other funding sources.
Special Requirements:
Will be asked to volunteer for some NHS hosted events that will happen in the evening or weekends.
Must be able to lift/move/maneuver objects up to 40 lbs.
Submit a cover letter and resume in either Adobe PDF or Microsoft word format to Executive Director Hayes Scriven via or 408 Division Street, Northfield MN, 55057. Applications will be taken from June 30-July 16.

Downloadable Job Description

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Museum Gift Shop Sales Clerk Job Description
The Volunteer Museum Gift Shop Sales Clerk is accountable for selling products and providing excellent customer services to visitors who come into the Northfield Historical Society Museum. S/he welcomes customers, maintain knowledge and help them with the selection of merchandise.

Duties Include:
Greet visitors to NHS in an polite and engaging fashion
Answer the telephone in a pleasant and caring way
Participate in counting store’s physical inventory
React to all concerns of customers quickly with a sense of importance
Maintain cleanliness of store
Dispose of cardboard waste and trash
Uphold predefined customer service standards
Handle cash, change and operate the cash register & credit card machine
Wraps or bags merchandise for customers.
Ensure stock levels on the sales floor are maintained continually
Organize merchandise pricing & signage
Removes and records amount of cash in register at end of shift.
Must be able to work one 4 hour shift a week. Some weekend shifts would be expected.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Hayes or Lisa at 507-645-9268.  Thanks!