The Northfield History Collaborative has developed these Primary Source Sets to organize our online content into topics for students and researchers to explore. The sources highlighted in these sets all reflect the local Northfield experience of a larger historic event, theme, or era.
All of these sets include a topic overview, links to approximately 20 unique digitized items available on the Collaborative's online database, discussion questions, related resources, and a guide to interpreting and using primary sources for research. We have also identified several benchmarks within the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in both Social Studies and English Language Arts that can be explored with these sets.
We encourage you to explore the Northfield-area stories that can be found within the sources online!
Settlement & Immigration
The James-Younger Gang Bank Raid
Malt-O-Meal in Northfield
Agriculture & Farming
Milling in Northfield
Women in Northfield
Religion in Northfield
Primary Source Guidelines
Following are some guidelines you can use to analyze the primary sources in each of the Primary Source Sets listed above.
For each source, indicate:
- the author’s point of view
- the author’s purpose
- historical context
For further analysis, ask students to:
- explain how a source tells its story and/or makes its argument
- explain the relationships between sources
- compare and contrast source in terms of point of view and method
- support conclusions and interpretations with evidence
- identify questions for further investigation
These publications were made possible in part by the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Any views, findings, opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, or the Minnesota Historic Resources Advisory Committee.