History Month continues with ‘A Beacon so Bright’ June 19

Book CoverEven though some urged Laurence McKinley Gould — a polar explorer and geologist known as “Mr. Antarctica” — to enter politics or even run NASA, he instead chose to devote his considerable talents toward furthering the fortunes of higher education while leading Carleton College as the institution’s fourth president. Listen to Carleton College Archivist Eric Hillemann present “A Beacon So Bright: The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould” at the Northfield Historical Society Thursday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Northfield History Month celebration includes a number of events that will end with a festive fireworks display July 4. In addition, local stores will display historic photos from the Save the Depot organization that document the rich history of the role of railroads in the area’s thriving agricultural businesses and industries.

Five of the month’s six remaining events are free and open to the public, including a day of free admission to the Northfield Historical Society museum:

June 22: Free admission to the Northfield Historical Society museum
June 26: Opening of “Northfield Wheels: A History of the Automobile” exhibit featuring a show by the Sundowners Car Club
June 27: History Mystery Pub Crawl in Northfield
July 2: Books and Stars with the historic Fort Snelling Band
July 4: Vintage baseball game
July 4: Fireworks

Museum Gallery and Historic Bank Site Closed June 3

The Museum Gallery and historic First National Bank site will be closed, June 3.  We will not have tours the entire day.  The Museum Gallery and the bank site will open on June 4th.

 

Grant Goes East and Meets Lee on the Battlefield

Grant PaintingCivil War enthusiast and amateur historian Jim Stark will discuss the American Civil War’s 1864 Battle of the Wilderness in his presentation, “Grant Goes East and Meets Lee on the Battlefield,” Thursday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society. The event is free and open to the public.

Stark, a former president of the Northfield and Rice County historical societies, will discuss Ulysses S. Grant’s appointment as general of all Union armies and his subsequent decision to direct the Army of the Potomac in the eastern theater of battle. “This brought the two most prominent generals of the Civil War — Grant and the South’s Robert E. Lee — in direct conflict for the first time,” explains Stark. The Battle of the Wilderness commenced on May 4, 1864.

“Both North and South fought many battles with heavy losses on both sides and neither side would back down,” says Stark. “Many believed that the war’s outcome was in the balance that summer of 1864.”

The Northfield History Month celebration includes a number of events that will end with a festive fireworks display July 4. In addition, local stores will display historic photos from the Save the Depot organization that document the rich history of the role of railroads in the area’s thriving agricultural businesses and industries.

Nearly all of the remaining scheduled events are free and open to the public, including a  free admission day to the Northfield Historical Society museum:
June 19: “A Beacon So Bright: The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould” presentation
June 22: Free admission to the Northfield Historical Society museum
June 26: Opening of “Northfield Wheels: A History of the Automobile” exhibit featuring a show by the Sundowners Car Club
June 27: History Mystery Pub Crawl in Northfield
July 2: Books and Stars with the historic Fort Snelling Band
July 4: Vintage baseball game
July 4: Fireworks

For more information about these programs visit the event page or call NHS at 507-645-9268.

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Educator/Program Evaluation

NHS is looking to hire a contract employee to conduct an evaluation of the current NHS youth programs and develop partnerships with third and sixth grade teachers in the Northfield School District to see where NHS can be more involved.

The job description can be found  here or on the About Us page.

If interested send a resume and cover letter to:

Northfield Historical Society
Attn: Hayes Scriven, Executive Director
408 Division Street
Northfield MN, 55057

Or scriven (AT) northfieldhistory.org

Memorial Day

We will be closed on May 26th in honor of Memorial Day.  We will open up on May 27th.

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Repair work in the exhibit gallery

The contractors have started repair work from the water leak that affected the exhibit gallery.  The Museum Store and the First National Bank site are still open.  No admission charge until the repairs have been completed.

 

If you have any questions please call us at 507-645-9268.

 

Get your graduation gifts at The Museum Store

Lasso some lootThe Northfield Historical Society (NHS) is inviting graduates — both college and high school — to take some “loot” with them when they graduate and “go that-away” on life’s journey. The Museum Store is the perfect place to shop for graduation gifts. There are coffee mugs, books, T-shirts, post cards, the new insulated tumbler and more, all reminders of an important time of life that was spent in Northfield.

The theme of the Museum Store’s retail campaign for the graduation season is “Take more Loot than the James Gang when you leave Northfield.” This is a reference to the storied bank raid of 1876 when Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang left town in full retreat with virtually nothing to show for it.

The theme was developed by St. Olaf College senior Laura Begin. Laura is a Studio Arts major with a concentration in Media Studies. She was looking for a way to become involved in the community and apply her art to a real-world, commercial situation. Her contribution earned her college credit.

“Laura has done a phenomenal job creating a theme and a look that reflects the merchandise we have to offer graduates,” said Nola Matheson, chair of the Museum Store Committee. “We think this will remind shoppers looking for graduation or college send-off gifts to visit our store.”

NHS also invites students and their families to stop in and take a tour of the museum. A permanent exhibit chronicles in detail the famous Great Northfield, Minnesota Bank Raid, which marked the beginning of the end of the storied Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang. There are always rotating exhibits that provide perspective on Northfield as it evolved through the years.

The Museum and Museum Store are open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends.