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.


  • President – Greg Kneser
  • Vice President – Ron Gardner
  • Treasurer – Mel Miller
  • Secretary – Rebecca Peterson
  • Past President – Sarah Beimers


  • John Thomas
  • David Mucha
  • Randy Knox
  • Cliff Clark
  • David Gonnerman
  • Chris O’Neil
  • Clark Webster
  • Joy Riggs
  • Teri Knight
  • Debby Nitz
  • Lisa Peterson


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 at 507-645-9268.  Thanks!