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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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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