At the History Center, you can tour the Bartholomew House, see exhibits, attend events, or research in our reading room. Groups are welcomed to visit by calling 612-798-6140 or emailing at for reservations.

Richfield Historical Society
6901 Lyndale Avenue S.
Richfield, MN 55423

Wednesdays and Saturdays 12 – 4 pm
FREE admission.

Upcoming Programs at the History Center: To make it easier to find out what’s happening we will put our upcoming activities here, upfront – check back often!!

October: Since we are still not sure of what we will be able to do given the current health situation much of this will be tentative. Watch Facebook for updates and cancellations. For all events, cancellation may be on short notice as we will be collaborating with Public Safety in the best interest of the safety of all.

We are beginning a new activity in collaboration with Richfield Arts Council and Augsburg Park Library. We are going to let you participate in the creation of a sample Signature or Crazy Quilt. Quilting used to bring the whole community together during the winter. Signature Quilts would be comprised of squares with the names of family members sewn in, and then the squares are sewn together. Crazy Quilts were, well, “CRAZY”!

Either check our Facebook page for examples of each type of quilt or stop in and see the real thing in person!! We have shared various shapes that can be used for either a Signature Quilt or Crazy Quilt on our Facebook page.

You can use any of these shapes to begin your own sample “Quilt”!

October 31: The Richfield Historical Society will have Trick and Treats for the kids. If we do this, a stand will be set up outside and children will be able to show off their costumes and get candy. Candy will be distributed through a “no contact” method. We are planning a photo location at which families will be able to take pictures. Again, this will be socially distanced and outside. Currently, depending on weather, we may also have a kid-friendly Halloween movie or cartoons playing on a television set up outside.

November 19, 2020, Is GiveMN “Give to the Max Day” you can be a generous donor helping the Richfield Historical Society to make Richfield history more available for everyone in our community.

We at the Richfield Historical Society work to acquire, document, and preserve the unique story of Richfield, Minnesota. In addition, our mission is to inspire a sense of place and history through the details of our past.

Richfield has been an example of Minnesota growth, from the fur trade, through agricultural growth, Riley Bartholomew becoming a member of the commission that wrote the Minnesota State Constitution, and then serving in the second state legislature, through being a township, village, and finally a growing suburb!  From being part of Fort Snelling, keeping whites out of Indigenous people’s lands to being home to the first mall in America, Richfield has been a leader.  The Richfield Historical Society houses that entire story!

We are a registered 501(c)(3) organization so your contributions to our non-profit organization are tax-exempt.We will be sending newsletter, email, Facebook and other reminders during the month of November.  Please keep us in your giving plans!!

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Your memberships and donations help to continue the mission of the Historical Society. We are able to preserve Richfield History, answer your questions, and share the past with future generations.

Your memberships and donations also allow us to go into schools to help teach about the rich history of the area and community. Your memberships and donations will allow us to develop new exhibits, displays, programs and events. Your memberships and donations will allow us to share the history of Richfield in new and different ways that will allow more people to be involved.

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