Last night the Northfield Historical Society held an open house for the public to see their newly completed renovations that we have been working on with them. The Scriver building never looked so proud! The Society provided snacks and beverages for people and let them wander around to inspect the new work. I had many comments from people about how wonderful everything looked. Having a handicap accessessible entrance and bathrooms is a major change welcomed by all. It was nice to see a few of the original founders of the Northfield Historical Society. They gathered 36 years ago to create the organization and to purchase the Scriver building. These founders had a leap of faith that they could raise the funds to buy the Scriver building and launch the organization. I thank them for their foresight in doing that. We are all richer when we understand history.
One of the highlights of the evening was seeing the new board room table. Steve Wille from Nerstrand Custom Cabinets and Hayes Scriven, Executive Director of the Northfield Historical Society—and son-in-law of Steve—-made the table as a gift to the organization. The table was made from local elm lumber donated by Jasnoch Construction Company. I know how difficult it is to work with elm, as the grain seems to twist about every couple of inches. Steve and Hayes did a fantastic job making this table. I know it will be put to good use for meetings and for laying out future displays.
If you stop in to visit the Northfield Historical Society you will see a beautiful new display featuring the Stanton Airfield….also known as Triangle Aviation. It is fun to see the many photographs of the early use of the field for training World War II pilots. My brother Robert spent many, many days at Stanton learning to fly, and went on to become an airline pilot. It is a great display.