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...
Recovering from the Unexpected

Recovering from the Unexpected

  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...

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...

Paul Wellstone Remains Unforgettable

15 years after his death, Paul Wellstone remains unforgettable Those who knew and worked with the senator remember their first impressions of him. By Curt Brown The showers were cold at Carleton College 37 years ago. The bathrooms were dirty and the cafeteria was...

Celebrating Preservation

Celebrating Preservation:  One Person’s Experience By Barbara Evans I’ve introduced projects and areas of historic architecture in Northfield as general topics.  Now I’ll introduce you to a single project and its engineer, HPC Commissioner Randy Lutz.  He was part of...