1900 Rice County Plat Maps

We recently added a copy of the 1900 Rice County plat map book to the Northfield History Collaborative, and I couldn’t be more excited. I love maps! A plat map shows the divisions of a piece of land in a township, city, and rural areas. It features natural and civic landmarks, like rivers and schools, but it also shows the borders of each piece of land, whether it is a small lot in the village or a large farm in the countryside. And it identifies the name of the owner of the land, as well. This book includes maps of each of the...

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Northfield’s Veterans

Throughout Northfield’s history, its citizens have consistently heeded the call to serve in our nation’s military branches. Many of the town’s early citizens were Civil War veterans, including bank hero Joseph Lee Heywood, and area military service has continued through today. The Northfield History Collaborative preserves documents and images detailing the service of its citizens. In honor of Veterans’ Day today, here is a selection of some of our favorite military and veterans’ documents: Images: John...

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Getting out the vote in 1930s Northfield

Here’s a photo taken in Northfield in the 1930s showing Denny Hamblin and Frank Manz Jr. getting word out on election day in 1930s Northfield. While many things have changed in Northfield (including when polls close), at least some things remain the same! Vote To-Day!

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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...

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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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