Defeat of Jesse James Days is September 9-13. NHS will have special hours during the celebrations. They are:
September 9, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
September 10, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
September 11, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
September 12, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
September 13, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NHS Open House
Every year we host an open house, this year we are celebrating the release of Derk Hansen’s new painting, “I knew how to handle a rifle.” See more about that below. In addition, we will also be hosting a product tasting by Northfield’s own Loon Liquors. The tasting will include their inaugural product, “Loonshine”, their newest gin, “Metropoligin,”and if we are lucky, we may even get to taste some of the test batch of their “James-Younger Gang” themed whiskey. So join us on Thursday September 10, at 6:30 p.m. for our open house.
Dan Marcou Book Signing
Author of the newly release book Law Dogs, Great Cops in American History will be signing copies of his book September 12 and 13 at the NHS tent on Bridge Square. The book gives the reader a fresh perspective on the old favorites, Wild Bill Hickok and the Earps, from a cop’s point of view. Additionally, you will read about the best law men and law women you have never heard of, whose careers and achievements eclipse even those of better known law men. A complete chapter is given to praise the unmatched efforts of the citizens in Northfield and Madelia, Minnesota in their successful battle and pursuit of the notorious James Gang. Finally, a book gives the real heroes of the James Gang saga their just due.
NEW Derk Hansen painting!
In addition, patrons will be able to order prints of Derk Hansen’s newest painting “I knew how to handle a rifle.” This new limited edition painting will celebrate the heroism of Northfield resident Henry Wheeler, a medical student home on leave who witnessed the robbery unfolding in front of his father’s store. After altering the other citizens by shouting “ROBBERY ROBBERY!,” he grabbed a rifle and found a good vantage point. Wheeler was responsible for the shot that wounded Bob Younger and the bullet that killed Clell Miller.
In this painting Derk captures the moment when Wheeler shoots Miller — a scene that flanks Wheeler’s portrait which was taken from an 1873 carte de visite.
New in the Museum Store!
Every year during DJJD we always stock up on some new merchandise and this year is no different. Take a look and get ready to cowboy up!