Permanent Exhibits:

James-Younger Gang Bank Raid

The Northfield Historical Society’s main exhibition tells the story of when the notorious James-Younger Gang attempted to raid the First National Bank of Northfield in 1876. The exhibit reveals the richer history behind Northfield’s most famous event through its display of photographs, documents, and artifacts from the time of the raid and beyond.

In this exhibit, you will learn about the outlaws Jesse and Frank James; Bob, Jim, and Cole Younger; as well as Clell Miller and Bill Chadwell; and why they came to Minnesota to rob a bank. But you will also learn about Northfield citizens who defended their bank and their town: heroes like Joseph Lee Heywood, Henry Wheeler, and A. R. Manning.

Features of the display include the bank’s ledger book, the single shot rifle Wheeler used to defend the town, reprinted photographs of the outlaws taken at death or capture, as well as saddles, firearms, and spurs

After exploring the exhibit, visit the actual site where the James-Younger Gang attempted to rob Northfield’s bank.

First National Bank of Northfield

Restored by the Northfield Historical Society in 1975, the First National Bank of Northfield historic site includes the actual bank vault from 1876 behind a replica teller’s cage. Here you can imagine what it might have been like to stand up against armed robbers and protect the city’s investments, at your own peril. Learn more about the historic bank site.

Temporary Exhibits:

Marketing Malt-O-Meal

The Northfield Historical Society’s latest exhibit on our Malt-O-Meal collection features advertisements and commercials from throughout the company’s history. The exhibit includes original print ads, digitized television and radio commercials from the 1960s-on, and original artwork from the making of the commercials. It will be on display until fall 2018.

This exhibition is the third in a series of displays featuring the collection of artifacts donated to NHS by the family of John S. Campbell, the founder of the Malt-O-Meal Company. Thanks to this donation, we can continue to tell the story of Malt-O-Meal in our community today!

Stories and Sacrifice: Northfield in the Great War

World War I, or the Great War as it was called at the time, was a devastating war that affected many European countries before the United States joined. Young men in Northfield enlisted or were drafted to serve. Some of their first-hand experiences and thoughts were recorded in letters home. This exhibit allows several local soldiers to tell their stories, in their own words. This exhibit will be on display until December 31, 2018.

Exhibit sponsored by the Eugene H. Truax VFW Post 4393