News release from the State Historical Society of North Dakota
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August 2015
HISTORY FOR everyone.

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.”

From dinosaurs to tipis to space suits, we know you will find HISTORY FOR everyone.



Film Screening: Northern Lights

followed by special panel discussion

September 20, 2015
1:30 p.m.

North Dakota Heritage Center
& State Museum

Northern Lights, winner of the Camera d’Or for Best First Feature at the Cannes International Film Festival and many other prizes around the world, is a classic American independent film. Based on the fictional diary of farmer Ray Sorenson, Northern Lights chronicles the struggle of small farmers as they fight to save their farms, their families, and their very way of life.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion consisting of Kim Porter, Tayo Basquait, Sarah Vogel, and Don Morrison (facilitator). This program is being presented in partnership with the Dakota Resource Council and the Cinema 100 Film Society.
Sensational Sundays, free programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, are a buffet for the mind. A variety of presentation formats including lectures, concerts, movies, and tours make a wide array of engaging, educational, historic and cultural information, and current research available in public.  

For more information contact Erik Holland, Curator of Education at 701.328.2792 or


Free informational workshop

for museum professionals

August 24, 2015
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

North Dakota Heritage Center
& State Museum

The State Historical Society of North Dakota is offering a free informational workshop at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck on August 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Museum staff, volunteers, and board members are welcome. The Museum Division’s registration, curatorial, and exhibit staff will discuss deaccession policies, federal permits, exhibit labels, mounts, and materials. Participants will write exhibit labels as well as receive hands-on experience making mounts while learning about archival materials. 

Lunch is not included, and registration is required.

To register contact Kiri Stone, administrative assistant, at 701.328.2799 or email


These  are just a few of our upcoming events.
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August 19
Quilters are invited to help create Civil War cot quilts
to be displayed in the interpretative center and used during living history events. Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site, 701.553.8513.

August 22-23            
History Alive!
, featuring Karen Nelson as the Marquise de Mores, wife of the Marquis de Morès, who attempted, in the 1880s, to build a beef empire in Dakota Territory.  10:30 a.m., 1:30, and 3:30 p.m. (MT).  Chateau de Mores State Historic Site at 701.623.4355.

August 29-30
History Alive!
featuring Don Elhi as Friedrich Felix Gollnick, an adventurous 19th century immigrant from Germany to Dakota Territory.10:30 a.m., 1:30, and 3:30 p.m. (MT).  Chateau de Mores State Historic Site at 701.623.4355.

September 9
Whitestone Education Field Day. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Whitestone Hill State Historic Site, near Kulm, Edgeley, and Ellendale, ND.

See more events by clicking here.


Heritage Volunteers assist the State Historical Society at state historic sites and the ND Heritage Center. Currently our greatest need is for volunteers in the Museum Store and at the ND Heritage Center information desk. Opportunities for behind-the-scene volunteers arise throughout the year. Find out more about our volunteer opportunities on our website.

Click here to learn more about the Heritage Volunteer Program.

Click here to complete the Volunteer Application Form.

Beth Campbell
Visitor Services Coordinator
ND Heritage Center & State Museum
612 East Boulevard
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
701.328.2674 or


The State Historical Society of North Dakota and Bismarck State College are proud to host the 50th Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Bismarck from September 30 – October 3, 2015.

This conference features the research of historians who live and work in the northern Great Plains, as well as that of other historians, on a variety of topics in local, regional, U.S., Canadian, and world history. 

Presenting the keynote address after the Friday evening banquet will be Dr. Paul Beck, who will speak on his book Columns of Vengeance: Soldiers, Sioux, and the Punitive Expeditions, 1863-1864 and related research.

Since this is the 50th anniversary of the first NGPHC, there will also be a special session on the history of the conference itself.

Click here for more information.



October 17, 2015
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
North Dakota Heritage Center
& State Museum

At the 27th annual Governor’s Conference on North Dakota History, regional leaders will share innovative approaches, challenges, and progress moving North Dakota toward a more sustainable future. 

This year’s conference is a precursor to the upcoming exhibit, Green Revolution, that will open on November 21 at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. Sponsored by the State Historical Society of ND, the day will also include the SHSND Foundation Annual Meeting and the annual history awards presentations.  

Pre-registration is required. Visit or call 701.328.2799 for details.  

Opening on November 21, 2015, Green Revolution is an innovative exhibit that provides families with easy lifestyle options to be more environmentally responsible. Green Revolution, an eco-friendly, minimal carbon footprint exhibit, was created by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and distributed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.


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