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.
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.
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.