Keep up with the Nuttings on the History Hound Walk June 25
Prairie’s Edge Humane Society and the Northfield Historical Society are once again partnering this year to present the History Hound Walk — a dog-walking tour that will include 11 of Northfield’s historic homes. Paws will hit the pavement June 25, and registration will begin at Central Park at 8:30 a.m. Tours will be held every hour and rotate between human-only an pet-friendly: 8:45 a.m., 9:45 a.m. (pet-friendly), 10:45 a.m., and 11:45 a.m. (pet-friendly). Participants also may walk the route on their own.
Cost is $20.00 per person; pets and kids 15 and under walk for free. All registered pets will receive a treat bag, and snacks will be available for humans.
Although having a pet is not required for participation, any and all leashed, friendly, and vaccinated pets are welcome. Proceeds will benefit Prairie’s Edge Humane Society and the Northfield Historical Society.
An example of the stories walkers will hear concerns the Nutting Home, built in 1888 and currently the residence of the president of Carleton College. Apparently Mrs. Nutting wanted to have the tallest house on the east side, so when a neighbor built a taller house she added enough to the Nutting home to keep it the tallest.
See highlights from the new Malt-O-Meal collection at the Northfield Historical Society! “Malt-O-Meal Originals: An Exhibition of Firsts” opens to the public with a free reception on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments (made with Malt-O-Meal products!) will be served.
Join the Northfield Historical Society Tuesday, June 14, at Loon Liquors (1325 Armstrong Road in Northfield) to learn about Minnesota’s connection to some of the nation’s most notorious gangsters. Sarah Hanson, executive director of the White Bear Lake Historical Society, will discuss the likes of John Dillinger, George “Bugs” Moran, “Ma” Barker and her boys, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, “Baby Face” Nelson, “Machine Gun” Kelly, and “Pretty Boy” Floyd.
The event — which is part of the new, more informal NHS History Happy Hour program — will begin with a social at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program at 6.
Loon Liquors will offer a free sample of its new Wheaton Barley Vodka during the event (before the product is available in stores later this month). In addition, the craft distillery will offer its regular line-up of mixed drinks and food for purchase.
The Ghost Tour of St. Olaf College is sold out for tomorrow June 7.
On June 7th, Greg Kneser the Vice President for Student Life at St. Olaf College will lead 20 brave souls on a paranormal ghost tour of St. Olaf College. “Greg has lead a tour of St. Olaf College for history month the past two years” stated Hayes Scriven, Executive Director of the Northfield Historical Society, “but this is the first year he will lead us on his famous ghost tour of St. Olaf.”
The tour will take you to a residence hall where a little girl plays a piano; to a librarian who simply likes a well-ordered library; and to the place where the boy in the red cap likes to hang out. The tour starts at Froggy Bottoms Pub with a social hour from 6-7 p.m. with the bus leaving from the pub at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $20.00 per ghoul.
On June 9th, NHS will host, Entertainment Guide columnist Susan Hvistendahl who will speak on “Anna Dickie Olesen: Northfield’s Political Pioneer.” In 1922, just two years after women won the right to vote, Olesen became the first woman ever endorsed by a major party for the U.S. Senate. Throughout Minnesota, she gave fiery speeches on her goal of representing the common people. In 1929, she was considered a possible Vice Presidential candidate. She also had a strange second marriage to a Georgia man featured on the Investigation Discovery channel’s Crime to remember series.
Hvistendahl will add amazing details about this chapter of Olesen’s life and Historic Happenings books will be available for purchase.
“The Sensational and Strange Story of Anna Dickie Olesen” will take place on June 9th at 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society.
For more information on these event or other during Northfield History Month check out the event page or call at 507-645-9268.
The Northfield Historical Society will be closed on Memorial Day. We will open back up on Tuesday May 31, 2016.