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Give to the Max to Save the Northfield Depot

Give to the Max Day is an opportunity to help preserve an important piece of Northfield's history, the 1888 train depot.

The historic 1888 train depot is an integral part of Northfield's heritage. Trains left town carrying milk and milled grain and brought goods into the city. They took Northfield boys to fight in the Spanish-American War and World War I and II. The depot was a community gathering place where citizens heard presidential candidates give speeches from their campaign trains. It was where people would go to learn the latest news, including news of the wars and who won and lost elections.

Save the Northfield Depot has organized a campaign to move, preserve and reuse the historic depot. Moving and renovating the 1888 building is projected to cost $293,000, and a substantial portion of that amount must be raised by fall 2013 to show the City of Northfield that we are capable of raising the full amount. There is an urgency to our work as there are three distinct options for the depot: it can be torn down by the railroad, it can be given to the city to practice fire control—or it can be saved with the help of the Northfield community.

On Give to the Max Day,  thousands of Minnesota nonprofits will come together to raise millions of dollars in 24 hours. Save the Northfield Depot is participating in this well-publicized opportunity to provide another way to contribute. Simply visit our GiveMN.org page and enter your credit card or debit card information. The minimum donation is $10. You'll be sent a confirmation e-mail that your donations has been received.

With your donation on Give to the Max Day, you can help ensure that a significant piece of Northfield’s heritage is preserved as an asset for future generations of Northfielders. For more information about the history of the Northfield depot, and about the efforts of Save the Northfield Depot, please see our website: www.northfielddepot.org

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