Get a little ‘Hops, Grapes and History’ April 15

Hops PosterThe Northfield Historical Society will host its fourth annual Hops, Grapes and History fundraising event April 15. This year’s entertainment will be Mark Allen and the Keywest Rejects. All funds raised for the event benefit general NHS operations.

The evening will start at 7 p.m. (doors will open a few minutes before) with a tasting of locally produced wine, beer, cider, and spirits from Keepsake Cidery, Sweetland Orchard and Cider, Loon Liquors, Next Chapter Winery, and local “Imminent” home brews. All of the vendors produce their product in or near Northfield.

The event also will include a raffle for a variety of items from local businesses.

After the tasting, Mark Allen and the Keywest Rejects will take the stage at 8:15. With his acoustic guitar and hard-hitting harmonica, Allen prides himself on performing his own music “created to express emotions and experiences that come from everyday living.” The singer-songwriter is a little acoustic, a little Americana, some alt country, country, acoustic rock, “and whatever else seems to fit.”

Register for this event by April 12 and be automatically entered to win a $200 gift card from Firehouse Liquor. Prices are $20 per ticket in advance ($35 for two), and $25 at the door ($45 for two).

The event is sponsored by these amazing businesses!Mark Allen

Service Master
Landmark Homes
KYMN Radio
Hvistendahl, Moersch, Dorsey & Hahn, P.A.
Edward Jones by Jon Snodgrass
Northfield Olive Oil and Vinegar
Northfield News
Rare Pair

Through the Camera Lens Exhibit Opening

Last night we opened our newest exhibit, “Through the Camera Lens: Early Northfield Photography.” The new exhibit looks at photography in Northfield during the late 1800s. The exhibit looks at the works of Ira E. Sumner and Edward N. James.

Ten photos from the Sumner and James collections have been reproduced in large format for this exhibit, and a number of historic photographs, negatives, and equipment also will be on view. In addition, for a limited time visitors will be able to take their own photographs in front of a period backdrop replica in our recreated photographer’s studio.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Northfield News, KYMN Radio, and Bridgette Hallcock Photography. It will run through September.

Closed on March 28

Happy-Easter-2016-2017-2018-2019-20202The Northfield Historical Society will be closed on March 28.  We will reopen our normal business hours on March 29th at 10:00 a.m.

Also, starting April 4th we are moving to our summer hours in which we will be open on Mondays again from 10- 5.

‘Through the Camera Lens: Early Northfield Photography’ exhibit to open March 24

PostcardA new exhibit highlighting late 19th and some early 20th century photography in Northfield will open at the Northfield Historical Society on Thursday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m.

Photography in Northfield during the late 1800s was a booming business. In addition to numerous traveling photographers passing through, by 1890 the town was home to at least three studios. Ira E. Sumner and Edward N. James were among the most talented of this group of artists, and many photographs in the NHS collection bear the names of these two prolific men.

Because of the nature of photographic materials and technology, the majority of early photographs are group and individual portraits. Later photographers took advantage of more portable equipment and faster techniques to capture urban scenes, landscapes, events, and more casual snapshots of daily life. These trends in early photography are reflected in the images by Sumner and James that have been selected from the society’s vast collection.

Ten photos from the Sumner and James collections have been reproduced in large format for this exhibit, and a number of historic photographs, negatives, and equipment also will be on view. In addition, for a limited time visitors will be able to take their own photographs in front of a period backdrop replica in our recreated photographer’s studio.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Northfield News, KYMN Radio, and Bridgette Hallcock Photography. It will run through September.

 

41st Annual Meeting set for March 19th

posterThe Northfield Historical Society will host its 41st Annual Meeting March 19 at the Grand Event Center. Doors will open at 6:30 with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the First National Bank of Northfield, KYMN Radio, Northfield News and The Entertainment Guide.

The keynote speaker will be attorney Todd Aldrich, an in-law in the multigenerational Northfield-based family business Malt-O-Meal (MOM). Todd is married to Allyson Smith Aldrich, a third-generation shareholder of MOM and granddaughter of company founder John S. Campbell. Todd has been active in service on the MOM Board of Directors and in the formation and management of its Family Council. He also finds time to be actively involved in community nonprofit service in the Twin Cities.

Todd will talk about why the family decided to donate its company’s history collection to NHS and also will discuss how they are ensuring that the collection will be protected and shared with the rest of the NHS community.

Honoring volunteers

The meeting also will include recognition of the 2015 volunteers of the year: Jackson Hillmann, Randy Knox and Lisa Peterson.

Jackson, a junior at Northfield High School, has participated in the Junior Curator, SCOPE, and Summer Assistant programs.

Lisa, Northfield tourism coordinator  with the Northfield Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, served on the NHS board from 2011–14. Last year volunteered in the NHS store for 20 hours a week after the retirement of long-time store manager and volunteer coordinator Gloria Powell.

Randy Knox is a retired Information technology project manager who last year answered the call for volunteers in the NHS store. He has volunteered in the store at least once a week ever since.

Without the support of Randy and Lisa the NHS store would not have been able to function at the level it did.

Finally, the society will recap 2015 activities and elect new board members.

The Northfield Historical Society is the primary steward 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.

You can register for the Annual Meeting online or by calling NHS at 507-645-9268.

Midnight to Dawn: Lincoln, the Civil War, and the End of Slavery in America

Karl ProgramjOur first speaker this year will be by retired history teacher Karl Fredrickson, who will examine the different roles played by Lincoln, the abolitionists, generals, soldiers, slaves, and the war itself in ending slavery, which led in turn to the Thirteenth Amendment.

The event will be on February 25th at 6:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be available.

Earl Thomas is coming Northifeld and you can support NHS!

Ear Thomas FlyerOur friends at Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars are putting on an amazing show and it could benefit NHS!

Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars Presents two time Grammy nominee Earl Thomas and his latest collaboration with blues pianist  Dave Fleschner, The Blues Cabaret. Earl Thomas’s song “I Sing the Blues” became a hit for Etta James but his singing credits are extensive – Etta James, Montreaux Jazz Fest, Grammy nominated.  Dave has toured internationally with Curtis Salgado, and played with B.B. King, of this latest project Dave  says, “this is what I’ve been wanting to do since I was sixteen years old: tell a story from my own heart with my very own tunes.” Adding Earl Thomas to this project was a true revelation but if you want to learn more all you have to do is contact Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars at 507-645-4008 and join their 2nd annual Midwinter Celebration. The event will be held at the Grand Event Center on January 30th doors open at 6:30 pm with a 7:00 pm show time. Seats are still available and are priced between $30.00 and $50.00. All proceeds above and beyond the cost of the event will be donated to the Northfield Historical Society.