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: 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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Fun Finds in the NHC: Haugen Ski Slide

As a newcomer to the Northfield History Collaborative, I have spent the last few months exploring the wealth of resources available on a variety of Northfield-area stories. It has been fun uncovering stories few people outside Northfield may be aware of. Over the next few months, I’ll be highlighting a few of these finds, starting with St. Olaf College’s Haugen Ski Slide. More than 100 years ago, St. Olaf College became one of the first U.S. colleges to offer competitive ski jumping with the erection of a 25-foot wooden ski jump in 1911....

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