May 28th through July 4th is Northfield History Month. ¬†Learn more about the events hosted this month here. To honor Northfield’s past and showcase the work of the Northfield History Collaborative, there will be new posts each week about the various projects that have been added to the Collaborative’s online collection. ¬†

To start off, we will first introduce our four new partners to the Collaborative: Christdala Swedish Lutheran Church, Three Links Care Center, First United Church of Christ, and the City of Dundas, and each of their roles in the history of Northfield.

Three Links Care Center:

Formerly the Odd Fellows Home for children and the elderly, Three Links Care Center brings to the Collaborative materials relating to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the fraternity’s branch for women, the Rebekahs. The initial project for Three Links included a number of photographs of the original buildings and documents pertaining to the I.O.O.F in general as well as to the Odd Fellows in Minnesota and Northfield specifically.

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The newsletter announcing the dedication of the new Odd Fellows building in Northfield in 1915. View the entire document here.

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The Children’s Home, complete with swing sets.