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Heather Scott is the NHS MVPosse Tour Guide for 2011

NHS gathering at the Rueb Hayes Scriven, Earl Weinmann, Heather Scott  Heather Scott
At a Northfield Historical Society holiday gathering at the Upstairs Rueb last night, Executive Director Hayes Scriven and Earl Weinmann presented the 2011 NHS MVPosse Tour Guide award to Heather Scott.

I asked Earl for the text of his remarks about Heather. Here’s the transcript:

When I first met this year’s Most Valuable Posse recipient it was early in April during the first Adult Posse training session. By the time the training sessions ended, I knew it was a uniquely talented and unselfish member we were welcoming into our ranks. 

The level of commitment that they brought to creating a personalized tour was inspirational.   This person looked the part, acted the part, and took visitors on a wonderful journey back in time. But it went far beyond that.  In gaining an Adult Posse Member we also received an excellent ambassador for the Historical Society. 

There was hardly a Northfield Historical Society event – at least none that I can remember – where this person wasn’t volunteering their time; be it at the annual meeting, during a presentation at the Historical Society, Cemetery Stories, Defeat Days or any function that would further the mission of NHS.  The only downside I experienced in knowing this person was the feeling of guilt that I, in comparison, wasn’t doing enough for the society.

I was trying to find a befitting way to end this introduction, one that would express our appreciation.  It was given to me today when I talked to her mother on the phone.  When she learned that her daughter would receive this award, one of her first comments was "Her father, Ted, would have been so proud of her. "

It is my honor to introduce to you our 2012 Most Valuable Posse Member, the great granddaughter of Dr. D. J. Whiting and the daughter of one of our founders, Mr. Ted Scott.  Please join me in congratulating Miss Heather Scott. 

Celebrating Jesse James Days with a nod to the ‘defeat’ part

Outlaw Run Every Girl Loves an Outlaw James-Younger 1876 Rye Ale
I love it how the Northfield Historical Society and the DJJD committee are sneaky smart. Yes, they make sure we celebrate the ‘defeat’ part of the Defeat of Jesse James Days, especially with tributes to Joseph Lee Heywood.

But we all know—wink-wink—that the outlaws are the real draw. Heh.

A special preview of the beer will be made available during the Northfield Historical Society’s Outlaw Run motorcycle rally on August 27.

Hopefully, Outlaw Run participants will drink responsibly (for me on a motorcycle, that means non-alcoholic beer) and no one will bungle their ride.

But let’s give props to both the Northfield Historical Society and the DJJD committee for increasingly finding more ways for people celebrate the true fun part of DJJD: mayhem!  And no, I’m not being sarcastic.

Update 8/26:

More progress: The new line of shirts on sale at the Northfield Historical Society Rare Pair don’t use the word ‘defeat’ at all, just the phrase “Jesse James Days.”

Jesse James Days t-shirt 3 Jesse James Days t-shirt 1 Jesse James Days t-shirt 2

Remember those home medical remedies when you were growing up? Earl Weinmann needs your help

I got this email from Earl Weinmann yesterday.  Earl is director of Northfield Historical Society’s SCOPE (Student Community Outreach Program Experience) and also a Northfield Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Earl WeinmannI’m nearing completion of proofreading and editing the latest work by my 8th grade SCOPE students.  As a result of the past two years of research and writing, selected eighth grade students have written a book about the history of Northfield. 

This book (which will be published this fall) will be used as a textbook in the Northfield area elementary schools.  We have 42 chapters that go back to before Northfield was a town to projections about the future of Northfield.  In each chapter we have interesting tidbits or trivia in little boxes to accompany the text. 

I’m writing to you because, in writing the chapter on the history of Northfield Medical Care, my students had difficulty finding any "fun facts" to go with the text.  I was thinking that perhaps I could use Locally Grown to solicit long-time residents to contribute a "home remedy" that they were administered as a child growing up here (we talk about the reliance of home remedies in early medical history).  The idea is, hopefully, to have your contributors jot down a few of the more interesting remedies they were "subjected" to that we could include in the Medical History chapter.

I want to get this to the layout artist by September…so time is limited…but I thought it might be a fun for students to read what the locals had to do in the hopes of "curing" an illness or malady. Of course, it must be made clear that what they contribute would be subject to this publication.  I would like to use their names as well, unless they have an objection.  If you think this sort of inquiry is an appropriate use of your blog, please feel free to submit this appeal on your site. 

Got a home remedy story? Attach it here as a comment or contact Earl via email.

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

Northfield Historical Society board of directors table Northfield Historical Society board of directors table Northfield Historical Society board of directors table Northfield Historical Society board of directors table Northfield Historical Society board of directors table
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

 Hayes Scriven & 'public restrooms inside' sign  installation of a 'public restrooms inside' sign at the NHS installation of a 'public restrooms inside' sign at the NHS installation of a 'public restrooms inside' sign at the NHS 'public restrooms inside' sign at the NHS
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

Northfield Historical Society's renovated Scriver Building - exterior Northfield Historical Society's renovated Scriver Building - exterior Northfield Historical Society's renovated Scriver Building - interior

Hayes Scriven and Northfield Historical Society's renovated Scriver Building - interior Hayes Scriven and Northfield Historical Society's renovated Scriver Building - interior Northfield Historical Society's renovated Scriver Building - interior Northfield Historical Society's renovated Scriver Building - interior Northfield Historical Society's renovated Scriver Building - interior
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).

Another volunteer at the Northfield Historical Society: Steve Koktavy

Chip DeMann at NHSWhenever NHS Store Manager Chip DeMann sees me taking photos downtown, he concocts some excuse to drag me into the Scriver Building.

Last week, he just had to show me his burgeoning collection of female mannequins. (Jane, doesn’t this worry you a bit?)

While we were there, he introduced me to Steve Koktavy who had volunteered to paint the inner room of the museum.

Steve Koktavy, Northfield Historical Society volunteer Steve Koktavy, Northfield Historical Society volunteer 
Steve has a commercial & industrial painting business here in Northfield, Koktavy & Daleiden. You can reach him at (612) 865-4733 or via email.

Photo redux: Maggie Lee. Her 90th birthday is Sunday. Party on, Wayne.

poster: Maggie Lee's 90th birthday partyNHS head honcho Hayes Scriven has a blog post up with the details of Maggie Lee’s 90th birthday party on Sunday. I do believe Wayne Eddy is invited.

Who is Maggie Lee? See this NHS oral history of Maggie Lee in which she "talks about her life in Northfield and why the color purple is so important to her."

If your eyes can handle the purple:

See the album Maggie Lee 60th Anniversary At Northfield News (large slideshow) or SLOW CLICK the small slideshow below:

See the album Maggie Lee, Haywood Award recipient 2009 (large slideshow) or SLOW CLICK the small slideshow below: