Your monetary donations fulfill the mission of the Northfield Historical Society. 

What is closest to your heart?

Education – NHS offers guided tours of the bank site to adults and children alike. Unfortunately, not every local school can afford to make NHS its field trip destination even with discounted pricing for schools. A donation to NHS can assist staff in taking history to the schools if the schools are unable to come to NHS.


Collections – NHS preserves objects, photos, and records that document our local history. Some donations come in as one item, but many others come to NHS by the box-load, such as the Sheldahl collection or the Maggie Lee collection. To make sure donations are preserved, acid-free folders, boxes, and photo sleeves are used to house these items. A donation to NHS can help purchase the necessary supplies to assure these items are available to the next generation.

Preservation – NHS is fortunate to be housed in an historic building in the heart of downtown Northfield. Maintaining the 150+ year old structure can be a challenge and needed repairs are always expensive. Additionally, NHS is still making payments on its building loan. A donation to NHS can help defray standard maintenance costs, help the Society prepare for needed restoration to the structure, or make a monthly loan payment.


Technology – Staff at NHS work with aged items every day but to do so, modern technology is needed. From hardware to software, scanners, photography stands, and cameras, NHS must always use technology to its advantage to stay relevant. A donation to NHS can help purchase needed computer upgrades or external hard drives to store digital backups of newly reformatted items.

Exhibits – Northfield has many stories to share and engaging exhibits are one way NHS tells those stories. While the story of the bank raid is the most known story, visitors and locals alike have the opportunity to learn even more about the town through the temporary, feature exhibits on display. A donation to NHS can help purchase exhibit stands or acrylic boxes or even defray the printing costs for text panels.


NHS exists because we all care about the past. Every donation counts. Your support will help us improve our relevance and remain vital in our community. Your donation can help make history matter!