Fun Finds in the NHC: Archer House Beginnings and Changes

On the centennial of the opening of Northfield’s Archer House in August of 1877, Marjorie Neuhaus wrote an article titled, “Hotel Stuart: Now Century Old”. The Northfield History Collaborative has digitized Neuhaus’s first draft, with edits by longtime Northfield News reporter and editor, Maggie Lee. Her account provides some great details on the beginnings of our historic hotel and the changes in ownership, design, and use over the years. I particularly enjoyed reading the description of the gala grand opening in the middle of...

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Fun Finds in the NHC: Christdala’s Young People’s Society and Luther League

To finish off our month-long exploration of the Northfield History Collaborative’s fascinating offerings, here is a blog post written by Caroline Priore, NHC transcription intern. It features two new additions to the Collaborative from our partner, the Christdala Church Preservation and Cemetery Association: minute books from Christdala’s Young People’s Society and Luther League. In the early twentieth century, the Christdala Swedish Lutheran Church maintained a strong core of young people through the vibrant presence of its Young...

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Fun Finds in the NHC: Malt-O-Meal Additions

As we near the end of Northfield’s history month, I’m happy to announce the addition of new photographs to the NHC from the Northfield Historical Society’s Malt-O-Meal collection. This collection includes artifacts and images from the history of the Malt-O-Meal company, but it also documents key places in Northfield where it ran its business. In celebration of our newest exhibition, “Malt-O-Meal Originals,” enjoy this selection of historical photographs of the Ames Mill, Campbell Mill, and other Northfield views. g To see these...

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Fun Finds in the NHC: KYMN Radio jingles

Northfield’s history month is already half over, but you still have time to enjoy another exploration of Northfield history as preserved by the Northfield History Collaborative. You may not know this, but the NHC can digitize not only documents and photographs, but also audio files. Today we will take a look at more recent history from our partner, KYMN Radio. KYMN started broadcasting on September 27, 1968. Although the station broadcasts from downtown Northfield today, its original location was in Waterford Township, just a few miles...

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Fun Finds in the NHC: Mementoes from the Raid

I hope you are enjoying Northfield History Month as much as we are! Today, we will continue our exploration of interesting artifacts on the Northfield History Collaborative with some great souvenirs from the James-Younger Gang’s bank raid in Northfield. Did you know that the First National Bank in Northfield has in its possession a Colt Single-Action Army Revolver and a spur, both retrieved from Division Street after the failed bank raid on September 7, 1876? You can see photographs of these artifacts – preserved in a case at the bank...

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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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