Dacie Moses House In The News
- April 5, 2017 at 9:29 am
Historically, Carleton has been a diverse campus with a wide range of activities and events for both students and the Northfield community. There are several traditions that every Carl ought to complete to get a full Carleton experience. But the list is so long that it’s impossible to get to all of them.
Most Carls know Dacie Moses as the “Cookie House.” Located on Union Street between Hunt Cottage and Berg House, the home was donated by a long-time employee named Dacie Moses—who invited students for conversations and food, providing a home away from home. To commemorate her spirit, the house provides ample kitchen supplies, baked goods left behind by students, a variety of board games, and a cozy gathering spot for students.
- September 25, 2015 at 9:08 am
Carleton College students expect to be busy on the eve of final exams, of course, but not just in the predictable way. At 10 p.m., Carls all over campus open their windows and scream at the top of their lungs. Soon after that, they'll be noiselessly dancing on tables – wearing headphones – in Gould Library and enjoying a late-night breakfast served up by the college's deans in one of the dining halls.
These are just a few of the traditions that provide students at the private liberal arts college with a break from the books. Carleton College students are "extremely high achievers" but for the most part "we don't take ourselves too seriously," says Becca Giles, a recent history grad from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. [...]
But if undergrads need to slow down and take a break, they can head to the Dacie Moses House to bake cookies or just to relax. The house, the former residence of a longtime Carleton employee who used to host students in her home for meals and games, is stocked with the necessary baking supplies.
- January 26, 2015 at 9:17 am
Nearly 100 people took the opportunity on Sunday morning to pay tribute to the memory and legacy of Carleton alumnus and Northfield City Council member Dixon Bond and to celebrate the 132nd birthday of Dacie Moses.Bond attended Carleton College and graduated in 1959 with a degree in Economics. At Carleton, he started the men’s vocal group The Carleton Knights. The Knights continue as a Carleton men’s singing group, still gathering for practice at the Dacie Mouse House, as they did from the beginning.
- January 16, 2015 at 4:07 pm
On Sunday, Jan. 25 from 10 am to 12:30 p.m., the public is invited to celebrate the 132nd birthday of Dacie Moses—and pay tribute to the memory and legacy of Carleton alumnus and Northfield City Council member Dixon Bond.
- February 4, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Carleton students and alumni packed into Dacie Moses House last Sunday to celebrate what would have been Dacie Moses’s 131st birthday.
- January 24, 2014 at 11:44 am
Back 100 years ago, if a woman desired to go horseback riding she needed a special seat called a woman’s side saddle.
This week’s history lesson is a woman’s side saddle seat that belonged to Northfielder Daisie Moses, known to many as “Dacie.” She rode her horses with this seat as a young girl growing up in Northfield.
Now this early 1900s side saddle seat makes a home at Northfield Historical Society. Donated in May of 1997 by Karna Cronholm Brewer, who sat in the seat during Jesse James parades in the 1950s, she was later given the seat as a graduation gift in 1955 by Dacie. The side saddle seat is designed to fit a woman’s more delicate, small feet.
- 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...