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News from the State Historical Society of North Dakota
​JULY 2016  
HISTORY FOR everyone.
EXHIBITS   NORTH DAKOTA STUDIES

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library

On exhibit at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, Bismarck, July 6 - 31

The State Historical Society of North Dakota will host lectures, theater performances with Capitol Shakespeare of Bismarck, workshops, and special displays at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum throughout July to complement this momentous occasion. 

See the full schedule of events at history.nd.gov/Shakespeare.
   
North Dakota: People Living on the Land includes more than 90 topics on the history of North Dakota and is complemented with documents, photographs, maps, and films. 

This free online resource includes topics ranging from the formation of soil to the recent oil activity; from the quarrying of flint to Bobcat manufacturing.

The course is written for grade 8 students, but adult readers, too, will find much interesting information, some of it never before published. Learn more here.
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The French Gratitude Train

The Gratitude Train arrived in New York Harbor aboard the Magellan, a French merchant ship, in February 1949. The Gratitude Train, a gift from France, contained 49 boxcars. Each car was filled with gifts to the people of the United States from the people of France.

The State Historical Society of North Dakota has retained the majority of the gifts from the North Dakota boxcar. Featured in this online exhibit are these examples of everyday life, childhood, historic treasures, and personal mementos of the French civilian population that endured World War II. 

Visit The French Gratitude Train online exhibit or one of the other online exhibits produced by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
 

Three Steel Truss Bridges, the NHPA, and You
Submitted by Susan Quinnell

Many historic bridges are protected from unrestrained destruction because of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) 50 years ago. The NHPA obliges federal agencies to consider alternatives to demolition and to consult with state and local groups when repairs are needed. This year is an especially appropriate time to include a visit to some of the fascinating steel truss bridges protected by the NHPA process. Here are three of my favorites:

Read the rest of this blog post here.

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STATE HISTORIC SITES   ND HERITAGE CENTER & STATE MUSEUM, BISMARCK
Summer is a great time to plan a day trip to one of the many state historic sites found across the state.
Find out about upcoming programs and events or call 701.328.2666.

A Traveler’s Companion to North Dakota State Historic Sites is a book showcasing 68 of our state’s historic locations, including state, local, and federal historic sites and parks. Available for purchase at the ND Heritage Center Museum Store or by calling 701.328.2879 or emailing museumstore@nd.gov.
 
 
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us for this free outdoor concert!

For a listing of additional programs and events at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, visit history.nd.gov/events.
 


 

The State Historical Society of North Dakota oversees the State Museum, the Pembina State Museum, and 56 historic sites. Our mission is “to preserve, interpret, and promote the heritage of North Dakota and its people.”
 
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