Fun Finds in the NHC: New Additions to the Collaborative
The Collaborative has been busy transcribing, interpreting, and uploading a number of documents in the last few months. We’re excited to share some of these new additions with you!
First National Bank of Northfield collection:
- Excerpts from the first minutes book of the First National Bank. This selection includes digitized records relating to the failed James-Younger Gang bank raid of 1876. You can see when the bank directors decided to get a burglar proof safe with a time lock, how much was left in the bank after the raid attempt, and various tributes to Joseph Lee Heywood, the fallen acting cashier/hero of the day. The book also includes cashier G. M. Phillips’s account of receiving the famous telegram, “Bank Robbed. Heywood Killed. Two Robbers Also Killed.”
Northfield Public Library collection:
- Souvenir program for the city of Northfield’s centennial in 1955. The booklet includes a brief history of Northfield, information about Northfield’s “pioneer families,” and a program for “The Genesis And Rise Of Northfield,” a dramatic pageant presented by the Northfield Centennial Corporation. The program was presented with compliments of local businesses, whose advertisements also appear inside.
- Views of Northfield book. This book features photographs of various houses of prominent citizens in Northfield, MN as well as photographs of the different churches in town. Houses are labeled according to their owners and churches are also labeled. The book is not dated, but we estimate it is from around 1899.
- Various records (mostly in Swedish) documenting the immigration of members of the Christdala Church, as well as some baptism certificates, confirmation certificates, and letters of dismission. The migration forms include information about the birth dates and places of the individuals named, as well as the date they left Sweden. The NHC has identified the names and dates on these documents, but has not translated the Swedish or transcribed them fully – so if you would like to volunteer your skills as a Swedish transcriber, please let us know!
Look for more uploads in the coming months, including a batch of newly-scanned documents from the history of the Congregational Church in our First United Church of Christ collection.