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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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: 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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