Now Creating Military Collection

“Richfield Historical Society Military collection”

The Society has started a collection of current and past Richfield military members. This is meant to honor all members who have served, or are serving our country. The information we gather will be put in binders and available as a part of our files. With the remembrance of the Civil War, this is a great time for this project to begin.

We are requesting the following information. If you would like to share anything more you are free to do so:
Name, Military Affiliation, Rank, POW, MIA, Years of Service, Military Awards, and a photo of the person in their uniform

Send to, Ruthann Clay, RHS, 6901 Lyndale Ave S, Richfield MN 55423
Or email us with the information at

We have gotten a good response from the VFW, Legion and other veterans already!

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Annual Meeting, March 25

The annual meeting of Richfield Historical Society took place on March 25. We gathered our members for dinner, conversation, learning, and business at 6:00PM on Saturday, March 25 at Gramercy Park Cooperative. During the meeting we elected our board* and heard John Bjostad tell us about new discoveries related to the historic Bartholomew House.

We were glad to see you there!

*Richfield Historical Society Board
Continuing their terms:
–Laura Briggs
–Ariel Keeton
–David Larson
–John Lindley
–John Bjostad
–David Butler
–David Melcher
–John Wickett
Newly elected:
–Hae Kyung
–Patty Huss

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Historical Society Updates Its Mission

In its meeting on February 20, 2017 the Richfield Historical Society updated its mission and vision statements. These two declarations will guide the society’s efforts in the upcoming years.

Mission Statement

The Richfield Historical Society’s mission is: 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.


Vision Statement 2017

Our Vision for the Society is to:

  • Continuously collect the stories of Richfield residents, business and events as our present will someday be our history.
  • To make our archives and collections fully available to the public and fellow museums.
  • To develop programs that will educate and enrich children and adults alike. These programs will encompass historical events and people that have been important in the life of the people of Richfield and the State of Minnesota.
  • To provide our visitors information on current businesses, hotels and restaurants in hopes that they will have a positive experience in Richfield, Minnesota.
  • To create a volunteer program to provide opportunities for the community to help in the preservation of our shared history.
  • To create a financial plan to sustain the operation of the History Center and Bartholomew House
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This Old (Bartholomew) House, Part III

Tuesday, January 10
7PM – 8:30PM

We’ve been sharing the history of Richfield’s famous Bartholomew House in a discussion series that we have called, “This Old (Bartholomew) House.” Now in the third installment, we will look at how Riley Bartholomew became an integral part of the Richfield community. Using the house as a focal point, John Bjostad will walk you through Richfield’s early settlement.

6901 Lyndale Ave S
Richfield, MN 55423

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