Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

A History of the Northfield Public Schools 1855-2010

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Project Overview

Recipient: Independent School District #659

The history of education and learning in Northfield is an important part of the community’s history. This research, writing, and eventual publication will be the first History of the Northfield Public Schools, documenting its impact and meaning for the entire Northfield community. The research may also contribute to a future Northfield Historical Society Museum exhibit.

As phase 2 of the project, the product of this grant, the additional research and the first four chapters of the manuscript, will reside in the School district office, and be used in the next phase, a completion of a publication-ready (edited and peer reviewed) manuscript. When the publication is completed, all materials collected and created in the research and writing phases and the completed edited manuscript will be housed at the Northfield Historical Society. If the manuscript is the final product, copies will be distributed to the Northfield Public School District, The City of Northfield, the Northfield Chamber of Commerce, the Northfield Public Library, and the Rice County Historical Society. However, our intent is to produce a print and electronic publication that would be available at the six previously listed locations, and at area retail bookstores.

In phase 1 of this project their researcher identified, collected, organized, and cataloged primary source documents, conducted a literature review of the history of public education in Minnesota, summarized the findings in an annotated bibliography, and wrote an outline for a manuscript on the History of the Northfield Public Schools. In that process they learned three things that suggest to them an expansion of the scope of the project: there exists no detailed comprehensive public school history for any other small Minnesota town; the local Northfield newspapers and school board minutes provide deep and rich primary source material; and over time the public schools have become larger, more complex, and more important to the local community.


Project Details

To hire qualified professionals to produce a manuscript on the history of Northfield Public Schools, 1855-2010.

Fund Availability:

08/01/2014 - 08/01/2015

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 5, Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants.

Appropriation Language
Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. $5,250,000 the first year and $5,250,000 the second year are for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional, or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources.

Funding Amount: $9,994

Direct Expenses: $9,994

Project Manager

Earl Weinmann
Independent School District #659
1400 Division Street South
Northfield, MN 55057

Members of Recipient's Governing Body: John Fossum, Ellen Iverson, Rob Hardy, Anne Maple, Kari Nelson, Julie Pritchard, Noel Stratmoen.

Subject: History

Administering Agency

Minnesota Historical Society

Board Members:

Minnesota Historical Society Governing Board:

William R. Stoeri, President
Missy S. Thompson, Vice President
Ruth Huss, Vice President
D. Stephen Elliott, Secretary
Dean M. Nelson, Treasurer

Suzanne Blue
Brenda J. Child
Robert Bruininks
Judith S. Corson
D. Stephen Elliott
Phyllis Rawls Goff
William D. Green
David R. Hakensen
Ruth S. Huss
Martha Kaemmer
Dennis L. Lamkin
David M. Larson
Charles Mahar
Dean M. Nelson
Elizabeth M. Nordlie
Dennis Nguyen
Peter R. Reis
Hussein Samatar
Simon Stevens
Susan Kenny Stevens
William R. Stoeri
Karen Wilson Thissen
Missy Staples Thompson
Eleanor Winston

Mark Dayton, Governor
Yvonne Prattner Solon Lieutenant Governor
Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State
Lori Swanson, Attorney General
Rebecca Otto, State Auditor

Advisory Group Members:

Historic Resources Advisory Committee

Mark Peterson, Winona (Chair)
- Executive Director, Winona County Historical Society
- Governor's appointee to Minnesota Sesquicentennial and Minnesota Humanities Commissions
- Qualified in history, historic preservation and history museum administration

Leanne Brown, Eden Prairie
- Director of Development, Carver County Library/Library Foundation
- Formerly, Executive Director, Carver County Historical Society
- Qualified in history, project management and museum studies

Jack Byers, Minneapolis
- Manager, Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED)
- Manages CPED's Preservation and Design Section
- Qualified in historic preservation, architecture, urban geography and planning

Tamara Edevold, Bagley
- Executive Director, Clearwater County Historical Society
- Active in Minnesota's Historic Northwest, regional historical organization
- Qualified in history, archaeology, anthropology and history museum administration

Ram Gada, Eden Prairie
- Engineer
- Active in the documentation of Minnesota's East Indian community
- State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB), former member
- Qualified in engineering, energy consulting and grants administration

William Latady, Tower
- Bois Forte Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
- Curator, Bois Forte Heritage Museum
- Qualified in archaeology, anthropology, historic preservation and history museum administration

Benjamin Vander Kooi, Luverne
- Attorney practicing as Vander Kooi Law Offices, P.A., in Luverne, MN
- Active in Vote Yes! Campaign
- Past chair, MN State Arts Board
- Advisor, National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Qualified in historic preservation, nonprofit and grants administration

Brenda Child, Minneapolis
- Chair, Department of American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota
- Enrolled member, Red Lake Nation
- Qualified in history, American Studies and American Indian Studies

Nicole Foss, Bemidji
- Executive Director, Beltrami County Historical Society, Bemidji, MN
- Qualified in anthropology, historical archaeology, library and museum fields

Kris Kiesling, Roseville
- Director of Archives and Special Collections at University of MN Libraries
- State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) member
- Qualified in library and archives, digital services and history

Jan Louwagie, Marshall
- Coordinator, Southwest Minnesota Regional Research Center, Southwest Minnesota State University
- Founding member of Society for the Study of Local and Regional History
- Former member of State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB)
- Qualified in history and archival administration

Ann Meline, Saint Cloud
- Deputy Director, Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud
- Formerly Assistant Director/Public Programs managing Exhibits, Collections and Education Departments
- Former grant reviewer for Institute of Museum and Library Services
- Qualified in history, nonprofit and museum administration

Peter Reis, White Bear Lake
- President, White Bear Lake Area Historical Society
- Chair, Minnesota Historical Society's Grants Review Committee
- Qualified in history and nonprofit and grants administration

William Stoeri, Minneapolis
- Ex-officio member (president of the MHS Board)

Missy Staples Thompson, Saint Paul
- Ex-officio member (treasurer of the MHS Board)

Conflict of Interest Disclosed: None

Quick Facts

Project Type: Grants

Recipient: Independent School District #659

Funding Amount: $9,994

Source: Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

Status: In Progress

Appropriation Years: 2015

Recipient Type: K-12 Education

Activity Type: Grants/Contracts

Counties Impacted: Dakota Rice

MN Senate District: 20

MN House District: 20B

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