1000 member logoWe are pleased to announce this week that we are launching a 1,000-member Campaign to help boost the museum and programs to a new level of excellence in the region. NHS currently boasts approximately 460 members and our goal is to more than double that number by 2015.

President of the Northfield Historical Society Board of Directors Scott Richardson said, “For the past 35 years, the Society has been dedicated to preserving, interpreting and honoring the unique history of Northfield and the surrounding area. A vital component to our success has been the dedication and support of our members. Our organization benefits everyone in the region by not only providing a quality cultural experience, but also by educating our neighbors and attracting visitors to the region. We can only extend the quality and reach of the Northfield Historical Society with the financial assistance of more people and organizations in the region.”

We are best recognized for our support of the Defeat of Jesse James Days Celebration each September, Cemetery Stories held each Halloween, and numerous museum exhibits at the original site of the failed 1876 Bank Raid by the James-Younger Gang, and our Museum Store located on Bridge Square in downtown Northfield. “We extend the financial resources at our disposal as far as we possibly can,” Richardson said. “We are now at the point in the organization’s life where we need more people to say ‘I want to be involved. Count on my support,’” he explained.

 The 1,000-member goal is aggressive, but doable,  there are tangible benefits to membership beyond supporting a cornerstone nonprofit organization in the region. Members receive our quarterly newsletter, the Scriver Scribbler,members receive special invitations to premiere events and programs, as well as free admission to the Northfield Historical Society Museum and merchandise discounts at the Museum Store.

There are a variety of membership levels available, starting at just $30 a year. If you are interested in becoming a member can join online or by sending or delivering a check to: The Northfield Historical Society, 408 Division Street, Northfield, MN 55057.

Richardson said, “If everyone interested takes just a moment today to write a check or join online it will make the world of difference to our mission. As a historical society, we are already highly regarded around the state, but there is so much more we could do. I’m asking everyone who is able to help us get the job done … become a part of the 1,000-member drive.”