It’s wonderful having a museum in an historic building. The building adds to the ambiance of the story we’re telling. What’s not so great, though, is the amount of maintenance the building needs on a regular basis. Even worse, sometimes, are the repairs, and have we experienced a doozy this week!
On Monday, November 11, we had a pipe leak in one of the collections rooms in the basement of the Scriver Building. We were able to save all of the wet collections and greatly minimize the damage done to them, but not so with the structure itself. We suddenly have a major reconstruction project on our hands that we certainly never saw coming. The joy of working in an old, historic building!
Coincidentally, it’s Give to the Max Day. Staff was prepared to give a few behind-the-scenes tours of the collection space, but we’ve had to cancel those. We can’t have the public walk into a construction zone! This day of giving across Minnesota would be a GREAT time to support NHS as we deal with a disaster.
We are looking at a hefty bill between the costs of demolition of the damaged sheetrock, reframing and sheetrocking the soffit, potentially tearing up and reinstalling carpet, repainting , and finally cleaning up the basement and moving collections back into place. If you can help us defray costs – even a little – we would be grateful! And if you’d like to lend a hand when it’s time to move back into the space, please let us know. We can always use great volunteers!
Pondering the Worst. President. Ever.
The Membership and Public are invited to join us in welcoming Robert Strauss, author of Worst. President. Ever. to the Northfield Historical Society & Museum on Thursday, June 15 at 1pm in the Lower Level Archives.
Become an Adult History Tour Guide
We will meet on June 14th, 21st and 28th, at the Northfield Historical Society from 12-3 p.m.
Email if interested at: email@example.com
Stillwater’s Last Lumber Baron – Presented by NHS Member Bill McGrath
Join Bill at his April 8th Presentation in Grand Rapids or his May 17th Presentation at 1:30 at Buckham West. 19 Division St W Faribault, MN 55021
When History Becomes the Past: Saying Goodbye to Historic Landmarks
Image: Firefighters work to extinguish the blaze in the morning after the November 12, 2020 fire. Courtesy of Northfield Historical Society I came to Northfield in the spring of 2020 when I took the position of collections manager at Northfield Historical Society....
A Sign from the Vault
While cleaning and putting the finishing touches on the bank prior to reopening last Thursday, Cathy and I discovered a big (and heavy) surprise in the vault; a cast iron sign with the words "DESIGNED AND BUILT BY HORACE E. HORTON ROCHESTER, MINN." After a moment of...
My Road to Northfield, Minnesota
I realize now that I have more in common with Jesse James than I thought I ever would; I’ve worked closely with my brother, traveled extensively through the American South, own a six-shooter, and came to Northfield, Minnesota to see the First National Bank. Having...
Who Is The Crazy Person With The Camera?
Maybe you’ve seen me around town in the last week, the crazy person with the camera. I’ve been walking around downtown taking photos of COVID-19 signage on the businesses. At a few places I’ve even taken photos of how business is being conducted in this new,...
Who Wants Some Popcorn?
Northfield does! We live in a very special town. We have a downtown with wonderfully preserved historic buildings, a town square with a lively fountain and benches designed for relaxation, and we have our very own popcorn wagon serving the hot, buttery treat every day...
Honoring Our WWI Veterans
November 11, 1918 was a day for which many hoped and prayed. It was the day that the armistice was signed ending the Great War. The war had been raging in Europe since 1914, and while the United States had only been officially in the war for a year and a half, a...
How Much Should History Cost?
I’ve worked admissions at the museum during the Defeat of Jesse James Days for 6 years now and I often see eyes rolling and sneers of disgust during Defeat weekend when visitors see that NHS charges admission to enter the museum. I’ll admit, it’s confusing when there...