Northfield Wheels Exhibit Opening Photos

Wheels exhibit openingWe have been so busy here at NHS that I have not had time to post the photos from the “Northfield Wheels” exhibit opening.  Here they are!  Big thankyou to the Sundowners Car Club for putting on a great car show.

Outlaw Run 2014

Outlaw RunSaddle up the Iron Horse, the 7th annual Outlaw Run roars to life on August 16th.  Starting in historic downtown Northfield, riders will explore southern Minnesota did like the notorious James-Younger Gang did before the failed bank robbery in Northfield.  It’s fun and games at 3 watering holes along a 120 mile scenic cruise through southern Minnesota.  More details will be announced on the Outlaw Run page soon.  All funds raised go to support the Northfield Historical Society Youth Programs.

NHS Closed on July 4

FireworksWe will be closed on July 4th. We will reopen regular hours on Saturday July 5th.

You can still participate in NHS activities on the 4th though. The Northfield Silver Stars take on the St. Croix Base Ball Club at 1:00 p.m. at the foot of Old Main and the Fireworks display at dusk.  These are the final events of Northfield History Month!

Enjoy the 4th of July!

 

July 4 to feature old baseball and new fireworks

BaseballNorthfield History Month will come to an exciting close Friday, July 4, with a vintage baseball game followed by an evening fireworks display. Both events are sponsored by the Northfield Historical Society and are free and open to the public.

Watch an 1860s-style baseball game when the Northfield Silver Stars take on the St. Croix Baseball Club at 1 p.m. below St. Olaf College’s Old Main Hill (on Lincoln Street). Fans should be prepared for a few different rules, including: no gloves allowed, the batter is out if the ball is caught on the first bounce, no balls or strikes are called by an umpire (although a batter can still strike out if he swings and misses three times), foul balls are not considered strikes, and base runners can be tagged out if they overrun first base.

This year’s Fourth of July fireworks display will be launched from the kickball diamond of the Northfield Middle School (just south of town on Division Street/Highway 246) at dusk. Spectators are welcome to view the display from the comfort of their own blankets and lawn chairs on the green spaces of the middle and high schools, Bridgewater Elementary, and nearby Taylor Park (be sure to clean up your area after the show) — or wherever you have a good view.

Fireworks

‘Northfield Wheels: An Automotive History’ exhibit opens June 26

WheelsNorthfield is famous as the city of “Cows, Colleges and Contentment,” but perhaps “Car-Buffs” should be added to tagline. Learn about Northfield’s surprisingly rich automotive history with the opening of “Northfield Wheels: An Automotive History,” an exhibit at the Northfield Historical Society Thursday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. As part of the ongoing Northfield History Month celebration, admission to the museum will be free for the exhibit opening.

Museum patrons also will be able to take in car show (weather permitting) sponsored by the Sundowners Car Club along Division Street.

Northfield was quick to embrace the automobile. While Henry Ford was building his first car in the late 1890s, Fred Bates and the Fey brothers were crafting automobiles locally.

Car rallies were seen on Bridge Square by 1915 and the first automobile club was formed in 1927. By 1950 the town had seen no fewer than 27 dealerships selling 21 different car models. The DeMann family led the way in 1912, with one of the first Chevrolet agencies in the nation. Jens Johnson and Fred Bates had garages in town by 1905. The first service station appeared in 1919, and by 1933 motorists could choose from 15 within city limits.

The Northfield History Month celebration includes a number of events that will end with a festive fireworks display July 4. Remaining events are:

June 27: History Mystery Pub Crawl in Northfield

July 2: Books and Stars with the historic Fort Snelling Band

July 4: Vintage baseball game

July 4: Fireworks

In addition, local stores are displaying historic photos from the Save the Depot organization that document the history of railroads in the area.

History Month continues on June 27–History Mystery Pub Crawl

Pub CrawlNHS will host the Second Annual History Mystery Pub Crawl on Friday, June 27, in downtown Northfield.  Cost is $20 per person for non-members and $15 per person for NHS members. Proceeds will be used to support the Northfield Historical Society’s History Month.

The crawl begins on Bridge Square at 6:30 p.m. for registration, with tours starting at 7:00 p.m.
Crawlers will explore some of Northfield’s most historic buildings while enjoying their favorite drinks. Participants will learn the history behind the Ebel Block (now Froggy Bottom’s), the Scofield Building (Rueb ‘N’ Stein), the Archer House (Upstairs Tavern), and the Old Northfield Fire Station (The Contented Cow).

You can reserve your spot by calling NHS at 507-645-9268.

Five of the month’s six remaining events are free and open to the public, including a day of free admission to the Northfield Historical Society museum:

June 26: Opening of “Northfield Wheels: A History of the Automobile” exhibit featuring a show by the Sundowners Car Club

June 27: History Mystery Pub Crawl in Northfield

July 2: Books and Stars with the historic Fort Snelling Band

July 4: Vintage baseball game

July 4: Fireworks

History Month continues with ‘A Beacon so Bright’ June 19

Book CoverEven though some urged Laurence McKinley Gould — a polar explorer and geologist known as “Mr. Antarctica” — to enter politics or even run NASA, he instead chose to devote his considerable talents toward furthering the fortunes of higher education while leading Carleton College as the institution’s fourth president. Listen to Carleton College Archivist Eric Hillemann present “A Beacon So Bright: The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould” at the Northfield Historical Society Thursday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Northfield History Month celebration includes a number of events that will end with a festive fireworks display July 4. In addition, local stores will display historic photos from the Save the Depot organization that document the rich history of the role of railroads in the area’s thriving agricultural businesses and industries.

Five of the month’s six remaining events are free and open to the public, including a day of free admission to the Northfield Historical Society museum:

June 22: Free admission to the Northfield Historical Society museum
June 26: Opening of “Northfield Wheels: A History of the Automobile” exhibit featuring a show by the Sundowners Car Club
June 27: History Mystery Pub Crawl in Northfield
July 2: Books and Stars with the historic Fort Snelling Band
July 4: Vintage baseball game
July 4: Fireworks