Dacie Moses House

Dacie Moses was loved by generations of Carleton students who greatly appreciated her kindness, wisdom, and patience. She took the time to listen to young people and welcomed them like family. Dacie’s one rule was that there would be no discussion of politics or religion in her house to avoid conflict. In return for her kindness, students would do the cleaning, grocery shopping and maintenance around the house as Dacie got older.

When Dacie passed away in 1981 at age 98, it was discovered that she had donated her home to Carleton so that future generations of students could enjoy it.

The house is largely unchanged from when Dacie lived there. Her family pictures still adorn the walls, and you can still find her piano in the living room. Current students are welcome to pass through the house whenever they wish, and many nights you can still hear a cappella groups rehearsing Dacie’s favorite songs. Sunday mornings the two student residents in the house are always ready with brunch for any students, alumni, or Northfield residents to enjoy.

Images

Modern Dacie's

Modern Dacie's

Picture of the Dacie Moses House today. | Source: Leslie Moore's Personal Collection View File Details Page

The original Dacie Moses House was built by Ira Sumner in 1870 at 110 Union Street.

The original Dacie Moses House was built by Ira Sumner in 1870 at 110 Union Street.

Designed in the popular carpenter Gothic style, with the ginger-bread lattice on the porch and dormers, the Dacie Moses House was viewed as the ideal home for a Christian family. Known as the pointed style, the dormers literally pointed to heaven. Note the arched window in the dormer. | Source: Carleton College Digital Archives View File Details Page

Baking

Baking

Students baking at the Dacie Moses House in 2015. | Source: Dacie Moses House Website View File Details Page

Place of Peace

Place of Peace

Dacie Moses playing cribbage with a Carleton student in 1974. The only conversation topics forbidden in her house were religion and politics. | Source: Carleton College Digital Archives View File Details Page

Audio

Carleton Knights Performing "Steal Away"

The well known spiritual "Steal Away" was Dacie Moses' favorite a cappella arrangement. The Carleton Knights perform this rendition periodically, rehearsing weekly in Dacie Moses House. | Source: The Knights of Carleton: 40 Years Later View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Leslie Moore, “Dacie Moses House,” NorthfieldHistorical, accessed March 27, 2017, http://northfieldhistorical.org/items/show/42.
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