Dacie Moses House In The News
- February 2, 2013 at 9:51 am
This past weekend, Dacie Moses house celebrated the 127th birthday of Candice Moses, the house matron of the famous house that still stands on Union Street, practically unaltered from when it was first built in 1870.
“It was a quintessential Dacie’s brunch with warm baked goods and even better company. I don’t make it to Dacie’s often enough but it is such a cozy place. And who doesn’t love homebaked goods?” said Beret Fitzgerald, ’15 of the Sunday brunch celebration.
(Note - It was actually Dacie's 130th birthday party - but the spirit is the same.)
- June 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm
For many years after Dacie Moses died in 1981, people who worked with the house continued to find stashes of old books and papers, photos, memorabilia and knick-knacks tucked away in various corners and cubby holes in the house. It was our practice to transfer any of this material which looked like it might have historical significance, and which was not needed for the house's service to students and alumni, to the Carleton College Archives. But evidently there was one box which we should have examined a little more closely...
- February 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm
On the place to be Sunday morning...
- December 17, 2011 at 9:06 am
Dacie Moses was a librarian at the Carleton College in Northfield, MN, in the U.S. She was awarded an honorary master of arts degree in 1969.
But her real claim to fame, both in living legacy as well as that left for future generations is the Dacie Moses House. During her life, Dacie invited students to her house for freshly baked cookies, Sunday brunches (for up to 50 people), to hold conversations, watch TV or play the piano, snack from her refrigerator or call home from her phone.
- February 4, 2011 at 12:00 am
If there was ever any doubt about Carleton’s love for Dacie Moses, let her 128th birthday anniversary stand testament to the devoted appreciation and support of students, faculty, staff, alums, and community members alike.
- October 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm
The Strength of Generosity - An Interview with Julia Uleberg
Comfy couches. Haunting smells of freshly baked cookies. Tinkling music in the background. And now, crunchy carpets. As I stepped into Dacie Moses House, one sunny afternoon, I was greeted by a confused dog who came out of the kitchen to the living room, now decked up with a lavish blue carpeted floor. I walked to the kitchen, and as I had expected, there were cookies waiting for suddenly-hungry-stomachs, and I grabbed one (while thinking if I should grab another, and moving away before I could), and walked down from the kitchen into the little garden at the back of the house. There I met Julia, the coordinator of Dacie Moses House, cutting vegetables on the hammock, and then moving blocks of firewood, leftover from a bonfire that was used in one of the Sunday brunches....
A Knight's Tale
Since this acapella group started in 1956, the Knights have practiced in Dacie's living room. In this house, there are all the facilities there to have a comfortable practice session - storage rooms for CDs and tuxedos and song scores and a piano. Dacie herself was very supportive of accapella. 'Steal Away' was Dacie's second favorite song...
A House for Everyone, and Me
I was drawn to the idea of living in Dacie’s because of the open-door spirit and the warmth of community that surrounds the house. Admittedly, part of the draw was that I could be paid to bake, something I always spent a whole lot of time doing anyway. My roommate (Emily Winer) and I wanted to help maintain the wonderful tradition of “grandma Dacie’s” while somehow incorporating ourselves into the house. While living here this summer, we started hosting themed Wednesday night dessert parties that were open to the Northfield community and we were amazed at how many people came each week! My personal favorite event which we threw together was the “1950’s Dessert Party” where we served banana cream pie, angel food cake, and about a hundred whoopee pies. Ultimately, I think I chose to live here because I wanted to live in a home and encourage other students to make Dacie’s a home too...
- August 6, 2010 at 1:33 pm
So, if you read my previous blog post Presidents and Ice Cream, you know that I like my desserts. So clearly, my dream hangout spot would always smell like…
- June 25, 2010 at 8:31 am
After diner we headed over to Dacie Moses for their desert day. Unfortunately we came too late, and they ran out. No worries though, it's Dacie Moses, you can make your own desert. We wanted to make something crazy though, not just chocolate chip cookies....
- May 12, 2010 at 9:00 am
- April 25, 2010 at 9:33 pm
New developments at Carleton-- get excited!
- January 27, 2010 at 9:40 am
Dacie Moses House is one of the beloved traditions of Carleton College, right up there with traying, a capella, and our infatuation with a certain German poet. The house belonged to Dacie Moses, a longtime Carleton employee in the middle of the twentieth century. During her life, her house served as a warm and welcoming place for college students freshly away from home. She willed her house to the college so it could continue to serve the community that way after her death.
- October 29, 2009 at 8:33 am
Over seventy years of chocolate chip cookies is a legacy project that most everyone can relate to. Not seventy year old cookies, relegated to a museum. Rather a process of serving warm, just out of the oven cookies for people to enjoy week after week over that time.
Just goes to show everyone can contribute something – and with the right planning, what lives on beyond your lifetime can simply be an extension of what was joyfully given during it. Candace “Dacie” Moses provides us with an example of just how big even a small gift, made sustainable, can grow to be.
(Caution: There are some factual errors in this story, but the spirit of the story is faithful.)