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Northfield Historical Society Project is Launched
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Wed, 01/12/2011 - 5:49pm
If you’ve noticed the banner on the east wall of the Scriver Building, or construction activity on the west side, you’re seeing evidence of the Northfield Historical Society’s project to make the building a more accessible facility. This national landmark, the city’s first stone building, has served NHS well since the Society purchased it 35 years ago. In 1975, access to the collection, archives and offices in the basement was through a trap door. This was replaced in the meantime by safer, but quite insubstantial stairway. However, the new elevator will make all three levels accessible to all, museum visitors and staff as well as Scriver Building tenants.
On Monday, the board broke ground, launching the work. Northfield Construction has been selected to do the project, which is expected to be finished by June 2011. A Capital Campaign Committee, chaired by Michelle and Brett Reese, is raising money to fund the $666,000 project which in addition to the elevator, includes the ADA entrance and sidewalk restoration to the Bridge Square entrance. In addition to individual and business contributions, NHS has received a Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Grant of $200,000.
The Scriver Building is a busy place. In the past 5 years, 245 students from the Northfield Public Schools, Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges take part in youth education programs. The Scriver Building welcomes some 10,000 visitors annually who tour the museum, conduct research and benefit from numerous programs.
Executive Director Hayes Scriven maintains a slide show depicting the construction project on the NHS web site: http://www.northfieldhistory.org/ . For more information, or to make a contribution, see: http://www.northfieldhistory.org/ .