What’s new on the NHC?

We have been busy so far in 2018! Here is a list of some of the highlights that have been added to the Northfield History Collaborative since January: Bridgewater Township collection: Birth Register 1907-1915 Individual documents and photos First United Church of Christ collection: Looking Backward: A History of the Congregational Church in Northfield Manual of the Congregational Church of Northfield, 1878 Three Links Care Center collection: I.O.O.F. Home for Elderly and Children Scrapbook St. John’s Lutheran Church...

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Rebirth and Reflection: Glimpses of Spring in Northfield during the early Twentieth Century

by guest columnist Robert Coleman Spring is finally here! Well, at least according to the calendar. In Minnesota it can sometimes be a little difficult to tell. But before long, song birds will be returning, trees will be budding, and gardens will need tending. This year’s frigid winter will soon be only a distant memory as the last of the remaining snow melts away. Easter approaches, as do commencement celebrations and spring festivals such as May Day. Finally time to escape the homes we have been cooped up in all winter and pull out the...

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500 Unique Items from World War I Era Digitized

We at the Northfield History Collaborative (NHC), a digital library of historical records from the Northfield area, are pleased to announce that we have completed a grant-funded project to digitize historical materials that document the World War I era in Northfield and Rice County, Minnesota. The digitized materials come from many of the NHC’s 16 partner organizations and include text documents, photographs, illustrations, artifacts, and even sheet music. The new online collection shares the experiences of individuals from the...

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Fun Finds in the NHC: The Boys (and Girls!) of Summer

It’s that time of year again, when the Boys of Summer take the field. Since 1887, the people of Northfield have enjoyed playing and watching the game of baseball. And – luckily for us – taking photographs of baseball, too! The NHC has preserved a number of historical images of baseball games and players over the years. Here is a selection of the best ones from the collections of Carleton College, St. Olaf College, and the Northfield Historical Society. To see more early baseball photos, follow the links below! Or enter “baseball”...

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