Free Music: Backporch at the Bart

Featuring Chase and the Pacers

Settle down for the summer with a final show in our music series of Backporch at the Bart.

Rock with us in this fun show with Chase and the Pacers. Our very own board member, Todd Chase, leads band mates Barb Brynstad, Russ Peterson, Sloppy Joe, and Todd Crouch in a mix of rock, pop, and folk.

Bring a blanket, lawn chair, snack, and laze away the summer evening.

Richfield Historical Society
6901 Lyndale Ave s
Richfield, MN 55423

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7 PM

All ages




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One of the Last Farms

The Kramer farm at 77th and Penn was one of the last to operate in Richfield. Minneapolis Star Photo by Roy Swan

Margaret Kramer, a widow, held the most valuable piece of remaining Richfield farm property, forty acres at the intersection of Penn Avenue South and the proposed Interstate 494. Kramer came to Richfield in 1904 and had no intention of leaving. She specialized in truck farming with the assistance of her daughters Laura, Helen, Margaret, and Marie. Seven years after the 1958 news story, the Kramers’ venerable farmstead made front page news in the Minneapolis Star. Developers announced plans for a fourteen-story, one-million square foot commercial and residential complex on the Kramer farm.

The Crossroads at Penn apartments replaced the farmstead. The Kramer family planned to build a new home on the corner of the farm at West 76th Street and Sheridan Avenue South.

The Kramer sisters retired from farming in 1967. (Click to read the story article.)

Crossroads at Penn was built on the Kramer Farm.


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Welcome New Operations Manager

Welcome new RCHS Operations Manager.

Richfield Historical Society welcomes Mai Vang, Operations Manager. Mai Vang was Curator in her previous position and recently relocated back to the Twin Cities. She holds an M.S. in Anthropology and a museum studies certificate. Although she likes geeky things like history and crocheting, she also enjoys good food (see photo ;)) and live music with great company. Speaking of company, stop by to visit! RCHS hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays noon – 4 pm.

For press release click here.



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Quicksteps Play at History Center

Saturday, July 26
Lyndale Field, behind the Bartholomew House

Quicksteps at bat

We were excited to welcome back the Quicksteps of the Vintage Base Ball Association. Clad in 1860-style uniforms and using authentic reproductions of 1860 equipment, the Quicksteps have played over 160 matches in 17 seasons in five states. The Quicksteps faced off with a Richfield team that featured board members of the Richfield Historical Society, Civil War reenactors, members of a few local softball clubs, and some unaffiliated Richfield residents. The teams enjoyed perfect summer weather and played a competitive game. A late-inning flurry from the Richfield team vaulted them to an 11-4 victory over the visiting Quicksteps.

The Richfield Nine (or Ten)


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