Johnny D. Boggs comes to Northfield during DJJD

Jesse James and the MoviesJohnny D. Boggs, author of more than 40 western books and a six-time Western Writers of America Spur Award-winner, will discuss how Jesse James and Northfield have been portrayed in movies over the years at a free event and book signing Thursday, September 4, 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society.

Boggs will base the presentation on his book Jesse James and the Movies, which analyzes the 40-plus motion pictures that have been produced about the Missouri outlaw — from the silent era to today. Among the films and actors that will be covered are Jesse James (1939) with Tyrone Power, Kansas Raiders (1950) with Audie Murphy, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) with Robert Duvall, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) with Brad Pitt. Boggs’ discussion will compare each movie with the facts.

In 2007 Boggs published Northfield, which took the unique approach of shifting perspectives from one first-person account to another, allowing participants — both outlaws and Minnesotans — to describe events leading up to and following the 1876 robbery attempt.

Many of Boggs’ titles will be available for purchase at the event.

Historical Society to “live tweet” James-Younger Gang raid and events leading up to raid

Twitter CowboyThe Northfield Historical Society will be retelling the story of the James-Younger Gang’s failed raid this year using the popular social media channel Twitter. NHS will retell the movements of the gang starting with the arrival of Bob Younger and Clell Miller in St. Paul August 19, 1876, followed by almost daily tweets of the gang’s movements throughout the state, leading up to their failed raid on September 7.

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Jesse James Film Festival comes to a close

JesseJamesThe Jesse James Film Festival will come to an end on Thursday, August 21 with The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford at 6:30 p.m.

The film festival started July 31st with the showing of The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid.

The film will be shown at the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema.

During Defeat of Jesse James Days when SPUR Award Winning Author Johnny D. Boggs will present his book, Jesse James in the Movies at the Northfield Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. on September 4.

Jesse James Film Festival Continues with “The Long Riders”

Long RidersThe Jesse James Film Festival continues on Thursday, August 14 with The Long Riders at 7:00 p.m.

The film festival started July 31st with the showing of The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid.

The remaining film is:

  • Thursday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford(2007), rated R; directed by Andrew Dominik, starring Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, and Sam Shepard

All films are shown at the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema.

The festival will end during Defeat of Jesse James Days when SPUR Award Winning Author Johnny D. Boggs will present his book, Jesse James in the Movies at the Northfield Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. on September 4.

Jesse James Film Festival Continues with a Roy Rogers Double Feature

Days of Jesse James The Jesse James Film Festival continues on Sunday, August 10, 2 p.m.: with a Roy Rogers double feature: Jesse James at Bay (1941) and Days of Jesse James (1939), both rated G.

The film festival started July 31st with the showing of The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid.

The remaining films are:

  • Thursday, August 14, 7 p.m.: The Long Riders (1980), rated R; directed by Walter Hill, starring David Carradine, Stacy Keach, and Dennis Quaid
  • Thursday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford(2007), rated R; directed by Andrew Dominik, starring Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, and Sam Shepard

All films are shown at the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema.

The festival will end during Defeat of Jesse James Days when SPUR Award Winning Author Johnny D. Boggs will present his book, Jesse James in the Movies at the Northfield Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. on September 4.

Silver Stars take two in impressive fashion

Silver STarsWhat an exhibition the Silver Stars put on at the Scott-Carver Steam Threshing Show last Sunday. The Stars took apart an under-manned Quickstep team 19-5 and then absolutely thumped a formidable team from Arllington 17-0.

The Stars played great defense all day long, getting to balls, making good throws to the right bases. The game was played on an improvised field, and, at times, it took some imagination to see a base ball match out there. The outfield was dotted with early 20th century farm equipment and out buildings. Outfielders chased fly balls at their own peril.

The Stars strikers put on a clinic. The Admiral and Barndoor Burton would occasionally stretch the field with a moon shot to left or right. Tornado Silkey and Cannonshot Richardson each tallied three times in each match. Lon Kruse scored five times on the day. Almost everyone scored in each match.

Sam “Texas T” Cattau, a Carleton College student, played his first match as a Silver Star. He acquitted himself well as our first base tender.

The Silver Stars are now 5-2 on the year. They travel to Menomonie, Wis on Saturday, Aug. 23 for two nine-stanza matches, one with the host Blue Caps and a second with the Rum River Rovers, who we defeated at Stillwater Logjam Days. Should be some fireworks at this affair.

Northfield Historical Society to present new Jesse James Film Festival

Great Northfield RaidThe Northfield Historical Society and Carleton College are teaming up this year to host the inaugural Jesse James Film Festival starting July 31. All showings will be in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema and will free and open to the public (donations appreciated).

“The NHS wanted to find a way to show these movies on the big screen,” says board chair Christian Hakala. “With the exception of the Brad Pitt movie, I’m not sure that many people in town have seen these films in a movie theater.” And of course there was special interest in creating some nostalgia with the presentation of a Roy Rogers double-feature.

“With Carleton College graciously agreeing to host,” adds Hakala, “we jumped at the chance to offer this summer event to the community.”

Five films were chosen for the festival because of their depictions of the famous attempt by the James-Younger Gang to rob Northfield’s First National Bank in 1876:

  • Thursday, July 31, 7 p.m.: The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid(1972), rated PG; directed by Phillip Kaufman, starring Cliff Robertson and Robert Duvall
  • Sunday, August 10, 2 p.m.: Roy Rogers double feature: Jesse James at Bay (1941) and Days of Jesse James (1939), both rated G
  • Thursday, August 14, 7 p.m.: The Long Riders (1980), rated R; directed by Walter Hill, starring David Carradine, Stacy Keach, and Dennis Quaid
  • Thursday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford(2007), rated R; directed by Andrew Dominik, starring Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, and Sam Shepard

The festival will end during Defeat of Jesse James Days when SPUR Award Winning Author Johnny D. Boggs will present his book, Jesse James in the Movies at the Northfield Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. on September 4.
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