News from the State Historical Society of North Dakota
November 2016
HISTORY FOR everyone.
Veterans Oral History Project

The North Dakota Veterans History Project continues to accept the stories of wartime veterans who live in or served from North Dakota.

These stories illuminate individuals' experiences, enhance the understanding of these eras, and provide bridges between generations.

You can be a part of this important project. Veterans interested in sharing their photos, letters, or in being interviewed can contact Sarah Walker,

More information is available here.
Exhibitions Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the North Dakota Council on the Arts

Now open at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum through April 30, 2017.

This exhibit displays the artwork of 50 North Dakota artists to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the North Dakota Council on the Arts. This is one of two exhibits organized by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association and the North Dakota Council on the Arts; the other is a touring exhibit that will travel the state during the anniversary year.

For more information, visit

National History Day 2017

National History Day is a year-long education program  encouraging students in grades 6-12 to discover and interpret historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, and research papers based on research related to the annual theme then compete at local, state, and national competitions. State competition is April 7, 2017, at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. For information, contact Erik Holland at 701.328.2792 or eholland@nd.govLearn more here!

Take Two and Call Me in the Morning
by Danielle Stuckle

I am often called upon with strange and unusual questions. How do I make a mannequin look less scary? What is the white powder covering the taxidermied elk? How do I get a raccoon out from under a historic house? These are all actual museum problems; however, it is generally easier to deal with the mannequin than the raccoon. So how is it that I get so many odd phone calls?

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION   EVENTS - ND Heritage Center & State Museum
Historic County Courthouses in ND

The first courthouse buildings in North Dakota were either spaces found in existing buildings or small, quickly erected wood buildings. As the county seats became more established, larger and more permanent courthouses were constructed, in part to help settle calls for moving the seats to other communities.

The population of North Dakota grew steadily until the 1920s and then saw a decline until 2008. However, while the overall population declined, some towns grew as the rural population migrated into towns. This migration of the population led to a need for more government space, especially after World War II, and resulted in several new courthouses being built in the 1950s and 1960s.

Since that time, some counties have opted to push for new courthouses, but several have chosen to pursue additions in order to preserve their heritage while still meeting current needs. 

Historic, current, and former courthouses in North Dakota are featured on our website at

Little Kids, Big World is a free interactive learning series for toddlers and preschoolers at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Mondays at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. For more, visit
Nov. 7 – Recycled Art
Nov. 14 – Everything Must Go
Nov. 21 – Frozen in North Dakota

Movies at the Museum
Dec. 26 - Dakota 38, showing hourly from
               10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dec. 27-31 - Ice Age, showing at 10 a.m.
                     and 2 p.m.
Coming in 2017
Green Revolution Recycled Art:
Creating a Collagraph
In this three-session course participants will use repurposed items to create a textured printing plate, make a print, and complete an original piece of art.
Jan. 14 -  Design and create printing plate 
Jan. 21 -  Ink the plate and print
Jan. 28 -  Cut and assemble the collagraph

Find more upcoming events at the ND Heritage Center & State Museum at or 701.328.2666.
The Spring 2016 issue of North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains was the first place winner of the 2016 Mountain-Plains Museums Association Publication Design Award!                  
The Fall 2016 journal is available at the Museum Store in the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, Bismarck, or online.


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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