News from the State Historical Society of North Dakota
​AUGUST 2016  
HISTORY FOR everyone.

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New North Dakota History Article Available Online

Visit North Dakota History online to read the Summer 2016 feature article on frontier photographer Orlando S. Goff (1843-1916) and learn about Goff's fascinating life. View his legacy of historic images, including those of Sitting Bull and the last photo of Lt. Col. George A. Custer and officers and men of the 7th Cavalry.

Print copies of North Dakota History are available for $14.95 at the ND Heritage Center Museum Store, by calling 701.328.2879, or emailing Members of the State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation  receive the publication as a membership benefit.      

As part of their summer internship, museum interns Maria Mears, Meg Glazier-Anderson, and Elenore Leonard produced the new "Recent Acquisitions" exhibit. The case features a selection of objects and specimens accepted into the Museum, Archaeology, and Paleontology collections during the past year. The items will remain on display for a year.

“The Peak of Power: The Nonpartisan League 100 Years Ago,” is now open in the James E. Sperry Gallery of the North Dakota Heritage Center. This exhibit, created by State Archives, includes documents and photographs highlighting the 100 year history of the Nonpartisan League. “The Peak of Power” will be open through July 2017.

The Smithsonian’s “Green Revolution,” an eco-friendly museum exhibit addressing global issues concerning the health of our planet, is also open at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. The national exhibit themes focus on making personal choices, recycling, reusing, ideas to make homes greener, and more. This exhibit will be on display through April 30, 2017.

Learn more about exhibits, including online and travelling exhibits, produced by Society staff at

Due for a Teeth Cleaning?
by Megan Glazier-Anderson

Working as a collections intern in the Museum Division this summer, my major project was to inventory the dental/medical collection in storage. This entails updating and cataloging records already in the database, photographing the objects, and then relocating them to areas of storage where they can be better organized. Although the collections I worked with were accessioned and catalogued in the 1950s and 1960s many had not gone through another full inventory since that time. Also, cataloging practices have changed over the last 60 years, particularly the numbering system and arrangement of objects within the collection.

During my second week, I started to inventory the first shelf which, according to the database, held seven objects. One of these objects turned out to be a bag full of 55 dental utensils, all of which needed to be cataloged individually and given object identification numbers. This soon became the trend for the dental collection, in which I have turned seven previously cataloged entries into 300+ individual entries. I can now say that I am well versed in the names and functions of various dental utensils.

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Cowboy Poets at the Confluence
August 21, 2016
11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Poetry, storytelling, and music have been used for generations to share the joys and challenges of life as a cowboy. Join us as we continue this western tradition at the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center at Fort Buford State Historic Site near Williston.

Featured poets and musicians will be Bill Lowman, D.W. Groethe, Yarl Kvale, Terry and Linda Schwartz, Bob Peterman, and Dale Nystrom. For more information about this event, contact Site Supervisor Steve Reidburn or Assistant Site Supervisor Kerry Finsaas at 701.572.9034.

Find more upcoming programs and events at state historic sites and museums by visiting or call 701.328.2666.
Pokemon, Pokestops, and Pokegyms.
We've got them!

State Historical Society staff around the state are reporting that visitors are playing Pokémon Go! while they learn more about the history of North Dakota.

Staff at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck say they have free WiFi, a ‪PokeGym, and many ‪PokeStops. Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site near Wahpeton has reported "lots of Poke-activity" at numerous site Pokestops, while the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site in Medora is boasting about their two Pokestops at the site. Pembina State Museum staff say they have a Pokegym and that Gingras State Historic Site near Walhalla has a Pokestop.

Time to round up the kids, jump in the car, and take an afternoon trip for a little North Dakota history and Pokémon Go! fun.  Here is a link to a map of state historic sites to get you started:



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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