In celebration of our newest exhibit, Malt-O-Meal Originals: An Exhibition of Firsts, on June 23 we will have FREE ADMISSION to everyone!

Come on in and learn about the history of Malt-O-Meal and the failed 1876 robbery by the James-Younger Gang!

Suggested viewing for the Northfield Fireworks on July 4th

July 4th is almost upon us.  The City of Northfield has created this great map for some suggested viewing sites for this year’s show!

2016 Fireworks Viewing Locations

History Hound Walk


History Hound

History Hound Walk

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.

Eventbrite - History Hound Walk

NHS to open first exhibit featuring Malt-O-Meal Collection on June 23, 2016

installing painting

NHS Curator, Stephanie Hess installs a reproduction of a painting that was used in some advertising for Malt-O-Meal.

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.

The family of John Campbell, the founder of Malt-O-Meal, recently gave a collection of historic artifacts and archives to the Northfield Historical Society. This collection documents the growth and development of the original Malt-O-Meal hot cereal and the various promotions, advertisements, additional products, and facilities of the company. By caring for this collection, NHS can preserve the legacy of Malt-O-Meal and share its stories through a series of exhibitions.
The first Malt-O-Meal exhibition on view at the NHS will showcase examples of original achievements from throughout the company’s history. The company is full of historic “firsts” like Campbell’s successful hot cereal. Visitors will see images and artifacts showing the first plants and workers, the first customers, the first sales and products, the first radio promotion, the first new products, the first famous television advertisement, and the first production facility built outside of Minnesota. These stories will create a snapshot of key moments from the history of this company that has meant so much in the community of Northfield.
display“Malt-O-Meal Originals” will be on view in the NHS’s new display space, part of the generous donation from John Campbell’s family, for an entire year. The Society will feature additional thematic exhibits in 2017 and 2018 before celebrating the centennial of the company with a major exhibition in 2019.

History Happy Hour: “Minnesota’s Notorious Gangsters”

dillingerJoin 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.

WheatonLoon 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.

Ghost Tour of St. Olaf–SOLD OUT!

The Ghost Tour of St. Olaf College is sold out for tomorrow June 7.

Ghosts and Mystery

Greg at Cem StoriesThe Northfield Historical Society invites you to participate in two great events the first week of June.

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.
Eventbrite - The Ghosts of St. Olaf


Anna Dickie Olesen

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.