News from the State Historical Society of North Dakota
APRIL 2017
HISTORY FOR everyone.
Easter Egg Hunt

April 8
Join the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center. There will be door prizes and 8,000 hidden eggs for children up to age 12. Easter egg hunt begins at 1 p.m. CDT. Come early to register for door prizes. Hot dog lunch available for purchase. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center is part of the Fort Buford State Historic Site near Williston. For more information, contact Kerry Finsaas at 701.572.9034.

April 15
The public is invited to the annual Harry Roberts Memorial Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. at Chimney Park in Medora. Free and open to children 12 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The Easter egg hunt will be postponed one week in case of inclement weather. Chimney Park is part of  the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site in Medora. For more information, contact Samuel Kerr at 701.623.4355.

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Disaster: The Spring of 1997   
by Barbara Handy-Marchello

The following is an excerpt from Issue No. 6 of the North Star Dakotan, published online by North Dakota Studies. Click here to read the entire article.

"On April 18, evacuation began in Grand Forks. The next day, the city asked residents to leave the city voluntarily as the dikes began to fail. Evacuation centers were set up at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, Mayville, Valley City, and Devils Lake. A mandatory evacuation order was issued on April 20. More than 50,000 people evacuated Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, Minnesota. The city water plant failed and natural gas and electricity services were terminated in much of the city. The university closed early and the lower floors of Central High School filled with water." Continue reading.

View FEMA photographs of the flood here.

The "Plant Wizard of the North"

Albert E. Yeager at North Dakota Agricultural College
by Barbara Handy-Marchello

Albert Franklin Yeager came to North Dakota in 1919 and stayed at the college in Fargo for eighteen years during which time he produced nineteen bulletins about horticultural subjects and developed at least twenty-one new varieties of fruits and vegetables, including Buttercup squash, Sunshine sweet corn, and Bison tomato. His work in developing vegetables and fruits that could survive the states three greatest agricultural limitations - early frost, periodic drought, and rigorous winters - earned him the respect of fellow horticulturists and North Dakotans, who called him the "plant wizard of the north" or "Luther Burbank of North Dakota."

Read the article here.

Muhammad Ali in North Dakota?
By Shane Molander

Discovering a Film Treasure in State Archives
Working with Archives’ film collections, it’s not out of the ordinary to come across something special once in a while. On January 26 I was searching through our film database for a requested topic when I spotted “Muhammad Ali” in a description.

Immediately I figured this was a clip from the national news or something, and then I read the whole thing: “WDAZ Muhammed Ali talks with Boyd Christensen at the train depot.” “Wow!” I thought. “What could this be?” The database indicated it had not been digitized, so I went back to the storage vault and pulled core 2490 from the WDAY/WDAZ TV news collection 10351. It is 16mm film on a core with a total of 20 segments. The clip is nearly eight minutes and is a treasure.

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The North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum is participating for the first time in the national Museum Dance Off, and we're requesting your vote! Our first round in the competition is April 20. We’ll provide information on how to vote at that time. Until then, enjoy our video!


Tickets are on sale for “Chocolate Wine & Dine,” a decadent evening on Thursday, May 25, to celebrate the opening of Chocolate: The Exhibition at the State Museum. Indulge in chocolate-infused entrees, desserts, and beverages at seven gourmet stations featuring foods from around the world. Participants will also tour through an exclusive preview of the Chocolate exhibit.

Chocolate pairings by Edgar Oliveira and his certified chocolatier (Harvest Brazilian Grill/James River Café). Music by the Dennis Gowen Trio. Tickets $45. Purchase tickets at  
Upcoming free events at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

April 9 - Sensational Sundays: The Impact of World War I on German-Americans in North Dakota and the Midwest. 2-4 p.m. For more information contact Erik Holland, 701.328.2792.
April 20 - Museum Underground: Creating Exhibits, 4 p.m.  Sixth to eighth graders meet professionals, tour spaces not normally open to the public, and have opportunities to ask questions as they learn about the tools, skills, and interests needed to work with museum objects. Registration required For more information contact Erik Holland, 701.328.2792.
Through April 24 - Green Revolution exhibit open in the Governors Gallery at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. Free admission. 701.328.2666.
April 30 – Sensational Sundays: Jessie Veeder Concert at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, 2 p.m. For more information contact Kim Jondahl, 701.328.1476.

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    New Webpage for WWI Memorials

Information about North Dakota monuments and memorials dedicated to World War I veterans can be found on a new web page created by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The web page is one of numerous ways the Society will be helping to commemorate North Dakota’s role in World War I. Find the memorial information at

Photograph: Over the Top, Wahpeton
John Pauling sculpted "Over the Top" to depict an infantryman advancing on the battlefield. The names of 1,018 Richland County citzens who served are listed. It is located on the courthouse lawn at 418 2nd Ave N.


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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