The Northfield Historical Society and the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society are combining forces to present Northfield’s first History Hound Walk May 30th as part of Northfield History Month. The event is a combined animal walk and historic walking tour of 11 of Northfield’s most pedigreed homes on the east side of town.
Participants will not need to have an animal to walk — only a love for history and/or animals. Any and all animals are invited Registration ($20 per person; kids 15 and under and pets walk for free) will be May 30 at 8:30 at Central Park.
After the passing of NHS co-founder and longtime PEHS supporter Maggie Lee, the two organizations were able to jointly auction Lee’s cat figurine collection as a fundraiser. “Our two organizations have always wanted to work together,” explains Hayes Scriven, NHS executive director. “After the auction we talked about doing something a little bit bigger that would not only benefit both organizations financially, but raise awareness.”
“This event is a wonderful way to hold our first animal walk since our move to Northfield,” says PEHS Director Kathy Jasnoch.
The tour will include the Nutting Home, built in 1888 and currently the residence of the Carleton College president. An example of the stories that walk participants will hear is how Mrs. Nutting wanted to have the tallest house on the east side, so when a neighbor built a taller one she built an addition.
Participants who raise or donate $50 will receive a free history and architecture book and a dog bandanna. We also will offer some small raffle prizes. For more information visit northfieldhistory.org or prairiesedgehs.org.