Notice:  Due to COVID-19, the History Center will be temporarily closed through December 18th.  Please check back with us!

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!!

History Forum Moved to from November 18 to December 2 at 10:30 am on Facebook Live If I can adapt from home what I was working on. Watch Facebook for Updates.

NOVEMBER and DECEMBER: Since we are not sure of what we will be able to do given the current health situation all of the activities we list 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”!

Click here to get instructions.

Click here to get templates of sample squares kids can use to create their part of the sample “quilt”.

November 19, 2020, was GiveMN “Give to the Max Day” many of were so generous! Thank you! Since all month is designated as a “Giving Month” you can be a generous donor and help the Richfield Historical Society reach more people and 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 the 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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