Our American Cousin Photos

DSC_0021On April 14, we commemorated the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln with a recreation of the play Our American Cousin. Here are some images from the night.  Big thank you to the folks at Underdog Productions and the Bridge Square Band for their assistance with the event! Finally, thank you to all of you that came out that night!  It was a great event!

Closed April 21 and 22

We will be closed April 21 and 22 while or floors are being worked on.  If you have any questions feel free to contact us at 507-645-9268 or via our contact page.

History Footnote #2

NHS 40th logoThis year NHS is celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary.  For the next 40 weeks we will unveil 40 interesting Northfield history facts.  All of them were pulled for the Northfield News.  Some are of major events and some are just fun!  We hope you enjoy this series and remember you make history happen every day!

“After a period of severe river pollution that depleted the fish population, the Cannon River began to make comeback around the 1970s. In 1973, Northfield resident Earl Baldwin reeled in a fifteen pound Northern pike – one of the largest fish ever caught from the Cannon.”

40 for 40 History Fact

NHS 40th logoThis year NHS is celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary.  For the next 40 weeks we will unveil 40 interesting Northfield history facts.  All of them were pulled for the Northfield News.  Some are of major events and some are just fun!  We hope you enjoy this series and remember you make history happen every day!

“On July 18, 1918, a group of Northfield children put on a circus in one of their backyards to benefit the Red Cross. They charged two cents for admission and were able to donate a total of $1.18 to the disaster relief organization.”

40 for 40 Exhibit Opening

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Mastodon Tooth

The Northfield Historical Society is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. In honor of this anniversary, NHS is opening a new exhibit at 6:30 on April 9 to celebrate the generous donations of historical items given to the society in the last 40 years. Titled 40 For 40, the exhibit will feature forty items or themes with stories that are important in Northfield’s history. It will also be displayed in three parts throughout the year to accommodate all of the items.

The Northfield Historical Society has been taking donations of items even before there was a building in which to display them. Some of the items being preserved are ordinary, some of the items are unique. Most tell a story about Northfield or the surrounding area. The public is encouraged to return throughout the year and see what is being preserved for future generations.

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Schilling Museum Sign

 

Annual Meeting Photos

Thank you to all the members that attended our Annual Meeting on March 28.  Here are some photos of the evening and the video we play about celebrating our 40 years!

 

A big thank you to Lousia Lawler for creating this amazing video!

Our American Cousin

Lincoln PosterWe are planning a journey back in time on, April 14, 2015 at the Grand Event Center. We will take you to Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. to witness the events on that evening that changed the course of history forever.

On April 14 1865 President Abraham Lincoln arrived late to the play, but was in good spirits. Midway through the act, John Wilks Booth shoots President Lincoln in the back of the head, he then stabs Henry Rathbone who was seated next to the President. After booth jumps from the box to the stage, shouts “Sic semper tyrannis!” (“Thus ever to tyrants!”–the Virginia state motto)”, he breaks his leg but manages to escape the theater and Washington D.C.

We are going to recreate a portion of the play, Our American Cousin, in which President Abraham Lincoln was shot. Jim Stark will start off the evening with a summary of the events that lead John Wilks Booth assassinating the 16th President of the United States. You will then witness a portion of the play and the assassination. Afterwards, St. Olaf Professor Michael Fitzgerald will give a summary of how the country reacted to the assassination.

Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door. There is assigned seating and no spot is guaranteed the day of the event. Doors open at 6:30 with the program starting at 7:00 0.m.

Buy Tickets online at:

Eventbrite - Our American Cousin