NHS Curator, Cathy Osterman installs a 1916 banner from the Rice County Fair when it was held in Northfield.

NHS Curator, Cathy Osterman installs a 1916 banner from the Rice County Fair when it was held in Northfield.

This week marks the end of the 2015 Northfield History Month and what  month.  We are going to go out with a BANG!

Be sure to join us at the remaining events, starting tomorrow, June 30th!

June 30: 40/40 Exhibit Opening

Northfield Historical Society at 7:00 p.m.
The Northfield Historical Society is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. The public has generously donated items to the society since the beginning. The 40 For 40 exhibit was created to celebrate and share some of the amazing items that have been donated over the years. The exhibit also commends all of the donors who have shaped the collection by the items they chose to save and donate.
Items featured in this exhibit include:
• A leather fireman’s helmet worn by Ross Phillips, an early Northfield Fire Chief who served the department for 50 years.
• A grain scale that was used in the Ames Mill
• A silk banner that was awarded for the best booth at the Rice County Fair in 1916.
• An aviation kit bag used by William Cupp in World War II before it was thrown from the plane Cupp was in over Belgium.

Silver STarsJuly 4: Vintage Baseball Game
St. Olaf College below Old Main Hill at 11 a.m.
See base ball the way it was meant to be played when the Northfield Silver Stars stomp the St. Croix Base Ball Club. The rules of 1860 were different from today’s game, including: no gloves allowed; the batter is out if the ball is caught on the first bounce; no balls or strikes are called by an umpire, although a batter can still strike out if he swings and misses three times; foul balls are not considered strikes; and base runners can be tagged out if they overrun first base.

This year’s Fourth of July display will be launched from the kickball diamond of the Northfield Middle School (just south of town on Division Street/Highway 246) at dusk. Spectators are welcome to view the display from the comfort of their own blankets and lawn chairs on the green spaces of the middle and high schools, Bridgewater Elementary, and nearby Taylor Park (be sure to clean up your area after the show) — or wherever you have a good view.