MPR’s Molly Bloom visits Northfield for their ‘Get Out There’ segment

More than a few Northfielders got this email recently from Molly Bloom, Public Insight Analyst for MPR News and their Public Insight Network:

Molly Bloom, Public Insight Analyst, MPR NewsI’m writing today because you’re a source in our Public Insight Network and you’ve told us that you live in Northfield. We’re working on a series of stories that we think you might be able to help us with.

MPR News is been doing a series of stories called “Get Out There,” in which we profile Minnesota towns (you can see them here). We want to find the places, eateries, and activities that might be hidden gems. So we’re coming to you to see what you think people should see, do or eat when they’re in Northfield. If friends were visiting from out-of-town, where would you take them? Please tell us here.

Griff intrudes on Almanac tapingMolly heard from 35 Northfielders and graciously let me follow her around yesterday while she visited some of the recommended "hidden gems."

I promised that A) I wouldn’t make any suggestions on where she should go; and B) that I’d try not to get in the way like I did the last time a public media journalist visited.

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Her first stop was the Northfield Historical Society where Chip DeMann, Hayes Scriven and Brad Ness tried to impress her with, what else, lots of old stuff.

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After a quick couple of photos at the NAG, she bought a cupcake at CakeWalk and forced me to eat half of it.

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She chatted with Catherine Dominguez at GBM and took a photo of Nathan Nelson reading newspapers there, a quaint activity that they probably don’t see much of any more in the public media empire. After a visit to the Weitz Center (alas, closed for the summer), she had lunch at Chapati, and then ventured–no further stalking by me–to the Brick Oven Bakery and the Northfield Farmer’s Market in Riverside Park.

Molly Bloom, Victor Summa, Paul HagerShe also was witness to how much I get abused by the citizenry on a daily basis, courtesy of Victor Summa and Paul Hager.

Her story should appear on the Get Out There blog on Thursday, at which point, I invite y’all to chime in here with your suggestions on the other places/hidden gems of Northfield that she should also have profiled.

Hayes is not foggy about this. He wants you at ‘Hops, Grapes & History’ tomorrow night at the Grand

Hayes Scriven

NHS ED Hayes Scriven stopped by my table at GBM on Wed. morning to promo the Hops, Grapes & History event at Grand Event Center on Saturday.

I didn’t realize till later that my smartphone camera lens had gunk on it, making for a foggy photo.

His blog post says:

The evening includes a beer and wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring a hand-selected variety of Minnesota craft beers and wines; hors d’oeuvres; and a silent auction with a chance to bid on numerous goods and services from local businesses. Then from 9 to 11:30 p.m., the event concludes with a not-to-be-missed performance of “Guaranteed Cash,” a tribute to the songs and sounds of Johnny Cash, performed by legendary guitarist Bob Wootten (lead guitarist for Johnny Cash’s band for over thirty years) and country rockers, Six Mile Grove. (Continued)

New shelving in this basement really is a big deal

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Hayes Scriven, big cheese at the Northfield Historical Society, gave me a tour this morning of the new compact shelving being installed in the archives and collection rooms in the basement of the Scriver Building. Cathy Osterman, the new NHS curator, showed me the room where she has everything stacked neatly during construction.

Normally, new shelving is right up there with new waste paper baskets on my excitement meter. But while these shelves might not rock, they do roll (see the short video clip below) and you can understand why Hayes has been foaming at the mouth about them on the NHS Facebook page (photo albums here).

These movable shelving units cost several tens of thousands of dollars. Where did the money come from? The generosity of Minnesota’s taxpayers.  See this blog post: Northfield Historical Society awarded $79,000 grant to enhance archives.

Legacy Amendment logoThe Northfield Historical Society is pleased to announce that it has received a $79,000 Legacy [grant] from the Minnesota Historical Society’s Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Program.

The grant will fund much-needed improvements to the society’s archival/collection facilities, including the installation of movable shelving that will better preserve the more than 15,000 historical artifacts in the society’s collection.

Citizen outlaws on the run: your motorcycle rally is Saturday

Citizen outlaw: Hayes Scriven Citizen outlaws: Suzette and Mark Taylor Citizen outlaw: Griff Wigley
I can’t insist that Hayes stop by my corner office at the Java Moose Espresso Café here in Grand Marais so I can take his photo to promote the NHS Outlaw Run on Saturday. So these photos from my 2009 Outlaw Run photo album will have to suffice.

Photo album: Northfield Historical Society’s 37th annual meeting

NHS President Scott Richardson with David, Marion, and Susan HvistendahlThe Northfield Historical Society held its 37th annual meeting last night at Carleton’s Great Hall.

The NHS honored the Hvistendahl family at the event (Marion, David and Susan Hvistendahl) for being long-time supporters. The blog post by Executive Director Hayes Scriven has more on their contributions over the years.

See the large slideshow of 10 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

Getting the DJJD banners hung at no cost: TJ to the rescue

TJ Heinricy, Brad Ness, Hayes Scriven TJ Heinricy

In recent years, the downtown DJJD banners were hung by city street staff with no cost to the DJJD committee. But with the 2010 Community Events Policy, this changed. Community groups requiring support services from the City must pay for them.

So to save money this year, DJJD’ers found someone to donate the use of a boom truck. And last Sunday morning at 6 am, City of Northfield Streets and Parks Supervisor TJ Heinricy took off his staff hat and put on his volunteer hat to put up the DJJD banners with Hayes Scriven and Brad Ness. Nice.

Photo album: Scriver Building renovation open house and volunteer recognition

The Northfield Historical Society held a Scriver Building renovation open house last night. Special recognition awards were given to past Board President Debby Larsen, current Board president Scott Richardson, and "Next Level" campaign co-chairs Brett and Michelle Reese. 

The society also recognized its volunteers of the year, Rachel Wadleigh and Kathy Peterson.

See my album of 43 photos (I’ve added some renovation photos taken/blogged here, here, and here earlier this week), view the large slideshow (recommended), or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

NHS gets a proper table for its board of directors

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Just in time for tonight’s open house, the Northfield Historical Society has installed a large table for its board of directors in its new 2nd floor office/meeting room.

Hayes Scriven told me that Gene Jasnoch of Jasnoch Construction donated the wood (red elm and walnut) and that he and his father-in-law, Steve Wille of Nerstrand Custom Cabinets, built it in their spare time.

The inlaid squares on the four corners are stone, taken from the walls of the Scriver Building.

NHS: making public toilets matter

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Hayes Scriven invited me to witness Bridgette from Graphic Mailbox do the installation of a ‘public restrooms inside’ sign on the door of the Northfield Historical Society this morning.

Why me? I’ve been whining about the need for public toilet signage when the toilets are paid for with public dollars, as is the case for the Archer House and now the NHS. So I had to go. Everything worked out in the end. What a relief.

Hopefully now the Downtown Streetscape Taskforce will do its part to make the changes to the wayfinding signs to point people to the public toilets at the Archer House, the NHS, and Public Library.

When that happens, like Dr. Humphrey C. Cornholt, it will give me "great pleasure to be able to release all that I’ve been holding inside me for so long."

Photo album: renovated Scriver Building at the NHS. Open house this week

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Hayes Scriven gave me a tour of the Northfield Historical Society‘s renovated Scriver Building this morning. He’s in preparation mode for the Open house and volunteer recognition wingding on Thursday (link to his blog post).

Hayes Scriven and Northfield Historical Society's renovated Scriver Building - interior Public urination in Northfield Northfield Historical Society's renovated Scriver Building - interior Northfield Historical Society's renovated Scriver Building - interior Future location of Northfield Historical Society's public restroom sign
Hayes quickly pointed out the new men’s urinal to me, knowing my reputation. I was relieved.  He said he was placing the order today for a public restroom sign that will appear in one of the window panes of the exterior door (right photo).

Recalling the 1985 Demolition of St. Dominic Church

This spring, St. Dominic parish will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of their church. Nearly forgotten is the old church and the tumultuous debate that preceded its ultimate demolition in the Fall of 1985.  Tradition-minded parishioners joined with preservationists in the community to try to save the old church building. The contest attracted letters to the editor of the Northfield News from around the country, and newspaper articles in the Faribault Daily News and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

With the help of Hayes Scriven and the Northfield Historical Society, I have assembled a handful of photos that perhaps explain why so many were so attached to the lovely old red-brick building. More photos and analysis of the episode available on my blog.

[All photos courtesy of The Northfield Historical Society]

See the large slideshow or this small slideshow:

Hayes Scriven makes use of a QR code for the NHS ‘Next Level’ campaign

I got an email this morning from Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Hayes Scriven:

Hey Griff, I saw a story over the weekend about a town in Florida using a version of QR Codes for tourism.  That reminded me about your blog post: A QR Code makes its appearance in the January NEG. How else might the codes be used?

So I wanted to look into how they work.  I found out they are really easy, so I did this one for our capital campaign.  Now, that I know how easy they are I am going to do a few more for other areas of the museum.

NHS 'Next Level' campaign QR code flyer NHS 'Next Level' campaign QR code flyer triggers video

Hayes attached a camera phone photo of a Next Level campaign flyer (with QR code on it) in the window of the NHS. I aimed my smartphone at the image attachment on my PC and within 5 seconds (photo above right), a YouTube video started to play, Taking Northfield History to the Next Level, featuring Corrine and Elvin Heiberg.

Scriver Building: the trees are down but the banner is up

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The two trees in front of the Northfield Historial Society’s Scriver Building have been cut down (sob!). It looks so bare now from Bridge Square.

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But there is now a huge Taking History to the Next Level fundraising banner hanging on the Division St side of the building. For construction updates, see:

Photos: Northfield Historical Society breaks ground on accessibility project

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Northfield Historical Society muckety mucks held a ground-breaking ceremony late yesterday afternoon in front of the Scriver Building, marking the start of the NHS ‘accessibility project,’ primarily the addition of an elevator and restrooms. Ray Cox and Craig Vold of Northfield Construction Company were on  hand to show everyone how to hold a shovel.

For more, see:

Judy Boehme is the NHS MVPosse Tour Guide for 2010

Hayes Scriven and Earl Weinmann Judy Boehme NHS MVPosse Tour Guide plaque
At a holiday gathering at the Upstairs Rueb last night, Earl Weinmann announced that the Northfield Historical Society‘s MVPosse Tour Guide award for 2010 goes to Judy Boehme. NHS ED Hayes Scriven and Christian Hakala ("the sheriff" of the Adult Posse program) made the presentation.

Judy Boehme, Hayes Scriven, Christian Hakala Judy Boehme and Hayes Scriven Judy Boehme

Webinar video replay – The Northfield Historical Society: Its Future is more than its Pasture, with Executive Director Hayes Scriven

Here’s the video replay of the webinar we hosted on Monday with NHS Executive Director Hayes Scriven.  You can drag the slider to these segments of the webinar:

If anyone has NHS-related comments or questions for Hayes, attach them to the comment thread and we’ll drag  him over here to respond.

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Webinar-The Northfield Historical Society: Its Future is more than its Pasture. Join us on Sep. 27, 3-4 PM

Hayes Scriven There’s lots happening at the Northfield Historical Society these days. So we’re hosting a webinar with NHS Executive Director Hayes Scriven on Monday, Sep. 27, 3-4 PM to learn all about it, including:

webinar The webinar will allows us to bring documents, photos, videos and audio into the presentation.

And it will offer audience members a chance to submit questions.

If you don’t have access to an internet-connected computer with speakers, you can participate via phone (long distance call).

If you can’t make the live session, the entire webinar will be recorded and made available in both video and audio format.

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Photo album: NHS annual meeting 2010

Sue Scriven, Mark Scriven, Jenny Scriven,  Hayes Scriven Alas, I’m a week late with these photos from the Northfield Historical Society (NHS) Annual Meeting and Membership Ball and I didn’t take many as I’d hoped (too much socializing with my sweetie).

But there are a couple of keepers in the batch like the one of Chip DeMann with his registration table work crew and the one of NHS ED Hayes Scriven with his wife Jenny and his parents, Sue and Mark Scriven.

See my album of 13 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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Photo redux: Northfield Historical Society annual meeting and ball, 2008-09

Exec Director Hayes Scriven has posted to the Locally Grown membership sideblog about Saturday’s NHS annual meeting and ball.  Here’s a look back at the 2008 and 2009 events:

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Northfield Historical Society Annual Meeting and Membership Ball

Annual Meeting Poster[show_avatar email=scriven@northfieldhistory.org]On Saturday March 20, the Northfield Historical Society (NHS) will be having its Annual Meeting and Membership Ball at Great Hall on the Carleton College Campus. The party starts at 7:00 p.m. There will be a short meeting at about 8:00 and right after that, Christina Schweitz and Sweet Jazz will play the night away!

The best part about the night is that it is FREE if you are a NHS member! You can come and listen to the wonderful music and eat all you want for FREE! If you are not a member, not a big deal you can sign up that night or online!

Now you might be asking yourself, “Why should I join the Northfield Historical Society.” Well for one, you will be directly supporting the organization in town that is responsible for collecting, preserving, interpreting and honoring Northfield’s past. In addition, to that warm and fuzzy feeling you get for preserving Northfield’s past, you also get; the NHS newsletter, The Scriver Scribbler delivered to your home/business 4 times a year, FREE admission to other NHS programs throughout the year, FREE admission to the NHS museum year round, access to the NHS archives/collections at a discounted price and soon to come a new e-newsletter!

NHS memberships go directly into our operation budget to help put on programs such as, the Jr. Curator, Summer Assistant, Jr. Posse and SCOPE programs. These are all programs that engage Northfield High School and Middle School students in local history research and docent training. The membership also goes into fund programs like our rotating exhibits, the Outlaw Run, NHS publications, and speaker programs. Those are just a few of the programs.

So if you are looking for a fun time on Saturday night, come and check out the NHS Annual Meeting and Membership Ball; sponsored by the First National Bank of Northfield and Carleton College, it is the best deal in town!

If you need a ride, Ecotrans is offering FREE rides if you live in Northfield to and from the event!  THANK YOU Ecotrans for your continued support!

If you would like more information on the Ball or NHS please email or call us at 507-645-9268

Northfield Visitors Guide, Winter 2010 edition: a well-kept online secret

winter visitors guide sshot I got a tweet in mid-January from NHS ED Hayes Scriven that the Jan-Mar 2010 Northfield Visitors Guide was available. The flash version is embedded on the NHS home page

But I can’t seem to find it on the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce site nor on their Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Visiting Northfield web site. It’s not linked to or mentioned on the City of Northfield’s visitor page and I couldn’t find it on the Northfield.org or NDDC blogs either.

I know, I know, the print version is the main thing and it’s distributed about town. But why not make it easy for Northfielders to email it, blog it, tweet it, and post to their Facebook Walls about it so that their non-Northfield friends and colleagues take a look at it?  It costs virtually zero to do this. Plus, the thing is full of great photos, BTW. Heh.

So allow me to do my part. Here’s the PDF version, courtesy of LoGroNo. Here’s the Flash version, courtesy of Hayes Scriven and the NHS. Go forth and multiply it, by which I do NOT mean what Brits mean when they say go forth and multiply.

Roaring 20s speakeasy set for Saturday’s NHS Annual Auction

Al Capone and Lucky Luciano NHS auction promo Gloria Powell  NHS auction promo 
The Roaring 20’s Themed Annual Auction Gala and Speakeasy in support of the Northfield Historical Society is tomorrow night at the Northfield Golf Club. I stopped by the NHS HQ this morning to get a photo of NHS speakeasy proprietor Hayes Scriven and chief flapper Gloria Powell. Promo signs are up all over town. CU there!

Photo redux: 2003 NHS annual auction

The Northfield Historical Society’s annual auction is coming up on Sat. Nov. 21. (I keep waiting for Hayes to blog it so maybe this will wake him up.)

Here’s a look at the 2003 auction, held at the recently-closed Jacobsen’s Department Store. See the large slideshow or this small one:

Help Hayes with his Sidewalk Question

BridgeSquareSidewalkFor those of you who don’t follow Hayes (Scriven of the Northfield Historical Society) on Twitter, late yesterday he posted a question. He wants to know if anyone can tell him the height of  the sidewalk (marked with the red arrow) in this cool photo (click on photo to enlarge) from the Historical Society’s archives.

Know the answer, contact Hayes.  I’m sure there’s a nifty prize…or at least  he’ll buy you a drink at their upcoming auction.

Photo album: Outlaw Run 2009

Yesterday’s Outlaw Run Motorcycle Rally was a vrooming success, attracting 180 riders (triple the numbers from last year) under cool sun-drenched skies. Kudos to Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Hayes Scriven, KYMN Radio’s Jeff Johnson, and all the volunteers for a very well-run event.

See the album of 70+ photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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