Northfield History Series Book Signings Scheduled

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The Northfield Historical Society announces the fourth book in the award-winning Northfield History Series. Dear Santa, Mama Wants Hat Pins, Papa, One Mule, is a compilation by St Olaf College Associate Archivist and long time NHS member, Jeff Sauve, of letters from the Northfield News,  dating from 1902 to 1945.


“In her column, Maggie Lee would often reprint letters to Santa. I always enjoyed reading them, so I thought we should compile some of them in a book.” Sauve says they provide a seldom-considered historical perspective and a “joyous reflection of Christmases past, as well as a richer understanding of a child’s spirit that resides in each one of us.”


Notable Northfield names that grace the book’s pages, include: DeMann, Drentlaw, Flaten, Holden, Revier, Roe, Tschan and Zanmiller. Selections were made based on humor or uniqueness. For example, George Ebling wrote, “My dear Santy: Please bring me just pie this Christmas. I love pie and lots of it. Maybe a few nuts and candy. I am your dear little friend, George Ebling. I am 8 years old and mamma’s only boy. I just live a few miles west of Dundas. Good by.”


The Northfield History Series continues to be strongly supported by the family of Barbara A. Will, who was a member of the NHS board and past president of the organization.


NHS will hold a book signing Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Museum Store. A signing will also be held Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. at the Northfield Senior Center.