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!


On This Day 100 Years Ago – April 6, 1917

April 6, 2017 marks the day the United States officially declared war on Germany and entered World War I. By that time, however, the war had already touched the lives of those living in Northfield. Young graduates from Northfield High School had enlisted before the...

Hops, Grapes, and History

Hops, Grapes, and History

The Northfield Historical Society will host its fifth annual Hops, Grapes and History fundraising event March 31.  The evening will start at 7 p.m. (doors will open at 6:45) with a tasting of locally produced wine, beer, cider, and spirits from Keepsake Cidery, Loon...

Celebrating Preservation:  The Business of Preservation

Celebrating Preservation: The Business of Preservation

This is an article that was written by Scott Tempel, Northfield City Planner. Downtown Northfield is seen by many as the heart of our community. It is also a huge economic engine for the town and its residents. The vibrancy and importance of the district is reflected...

NHS Volunteers to Be Honored at Annual Meeting

NHS Volunteers to Be Honored at Annual Meeting

Three local residents will be honored Saturday, Feb. 4, as the Northfield Historical Society’s 2016 Volunteers of the Year. NHS will present the awards to Bill Malnar, Alyssa Ness, and Phil Peterson at the organization’s annual meeting and dinner at the Grand Event...

Scriven to leave Northfield Historical Society

The Northfield Historical Society has announced that Executive Director Hayes Scriven will step down on February 28 to become the new executive director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior, Wisconsin, which honors Wisconsin native and Medal...

NHS Annual Meeting featuring KARE 11’s Boyd Huppert

NHS Annual Meeting featuring KARE 11’s Boyd Huppert

We invite you to attend the Northfield Historical Society Annual Meeting on February 4 to review 2016 and look ahead to 2017. This year's keynote speaker will be award-winning KARE 11 TV Reporter Boyd Huppert. Huppert produces and hosts KARE 11’s weekly “Land of...