News release from the State Historical Society of North Dakota
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July 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.



Construction on the much-anticipated new children’s exhibit, The Treehouse, will begin in August. A recent blog explores what to expect in this new, hands-on, imaginative space.

Click here to read the blog!


The Bismarck Tribune and the State Historical Society of North Dakota have partnered to create a new hardcover pictorial history book, Bismarck-Mandan Memories: The Early Years.

The public is invited to submit photographs for possible inclusion in this heirloom-quality coffee-table book that will offer a glimpse of Bismarck-Mandan and the surrounding areas from the early years to 1939.

Please check the criteria for photographs and complete the submission form available online here.

Photograph Scanning Sessions will be held at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, 612 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck.

Thursday, July 23              10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 25               10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Monday, July 27                1 p.m. - 4 p.m.


These  are just a few of our upcoming events.
Click here to see more!

July 20
Vic Smith "Champion Buffalo Hunter"
portrayed by Arch Ellwein, will give thrilling accounts of his life as a scout, guide, and hunter. Fort Buford State Historic Site, 701.572.9034.

July 29
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 9               
Annual Ice Cream Social
, 12:30-5 p.m., Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site. Sponsored by the SHSND and Society for the Preservation of the Former Governors’ Mansion, 701.328.9528.

See more events by clicking here.


Coming in November!

Go green with Green Revolution! Come explore how you and your family can be more eco-friendly with this new Smithsonian eco-zibit, made from recycled and repurposed materials.

Green Revolution focuses on important environmental issues such as alternative energy sources, green building, recycling, and waste management.
In November the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, Bismarck, will host the exhibit Green Revolution, developed in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.


The State Historical Society of North Dakota and Bismarck State University 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.  We also encourage scholars working in a variety of history-related fields to present classroom-oriented sessions for teachers as part of this year’s conference.

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.


Beautiful photos in beautiful spaces!
The North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum has become a popular destination for area photographers. From baby photos to wedding photos, the indoor and outdoor spaces provide a beautiful backdrop.
Please view our photography guidelines and call our Visitor Services staff to plan your photo shoot!

Guidelines for photography in the ND Heritage Center & State Museum


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