August 29, 2016
Living History Field Day at Fort Totten State Historic Site on Sept.12
DEVILS LAKE, ND – Area seventh and eighth grade students are invited learn about frontier military activities, boarding school trades, and American Indian culture during the 24th annual “Living History Field Day” on September 12 at the Fort Totten State Historic Site in Fort Totten. Historical demonstrations are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will watch historical re-enactors demonstrating life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Other activities and exhibits are scheduled throughout the day.
Schools must pre-register. The public is invited to tour the site from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission.
Fort Totten served as a frontier military fort from 1867 to 1890. After decommissioning in December 1890, ownership of the fort was transferred to the Department of the Interior. It became an Indian boarding school until 1935. From 1935 to 1939 it was used as a preventorium for tuberculosis. In 1940, it was once again converted into a school. Fort Totten then served as a day school for both elementary and high school students until its final closing in 1959.
“Living History Field Day” is sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the Fort Totten State Historic Site Foundation. The site is managed by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and grounds are open year round.
For more information, contact the Fort Totten State Historic Site at 701.766.4441. Find out more about additional upcoming educational programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota at history.nd.gov/events or call 701.328.2666.
Kyle Nelson, 701.766.1233
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