The Purpose Of Dacie Moses House
Dacie Moses, a long-time employee at Carleton, was known for inviting students to her house for cookies and conversation. In her will she donated her house where, now, two students live each year. It is still a shared gathering spot. Whether to bake cookies (which must be left for all to enjoy), share brunch, or maybe catch one of the a cappella groups practicing, this house provides a sense of "home" for many.
From the Last Will And Testament of Candace Moses:
2. Disposition Of Homestead: In appreciation of the many years of close friendships with the many Carleton College students who have brought joy and warmth to our home, I give and devise any interest which I own at my death in any homestead real estate located at 110 Union Street, Northfield, Minnesota, and legally described as Lot 3, Block 6, Original Town and the North 10 feet of the East 70 feet of Lot 2, Block 6, Original Town (now City) of Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota, and in any real estate contiguous thereto and used in connection therewith to the Carleton Alumni Association. I request, but do not direct, that the Carleton Alumni Association use said homestead in substantially the same manner as it was used during my lifetime, so that it may continue to be available as a hostel to the students and alumni of Carleton College. I further request, but do not direct, that the apartment located on the second floor of my home continue to be rented, and that the rents received therefrom be applied to the upkeep, maintenance, repair and improvement of the homestead.
Jan. 26, 1883 - Jan. 3, 1981
A comment on the role of the Dacie Moses House by Parker J. Palmer '61, soon after Dacie's death:
"Let it (Dacie's home) become a place of ministry, the rarest kind of ministry, a ministry not of preaching or persuasion or programming, but of simple hospitality - for this was the ministry Dacie performed over all those long and faithful years... In the hospitable space of Dacie's house we have always been free to be who we are without embarrassment, inadequacy or shame."
Carleton VOICE, Vol. 46, No. 3, p. 34