News from the State Historical Society of North Dakota
December 2016
HISTORY FOR everyone.
Have Yourself a Historic Holiday

The North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1.

Pembina State Museum is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1.

The Chateau de Mores Interpretive Center, Medora, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. MDT.  Closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1.
The Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center, Williston, is open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m. CT. Closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1. Fort Buford is closed for the season.

Camp Hancock State Historic Site, Bismarck, has a locomotive that is lit up for the holidays through New Year’s Day.  The grounds are open daily. 

The Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site, Bismarck, is available for group tours or holiday rental by appointment.

 Learn more at
Best Holiday Cat Video Ever

Happy holidays from all of us at the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the SHSND Foundation. View our holiday e-card, featuring historic images by Nancy Hendrickson, at

About the photographer: Nancy Christenson Hendrickson (1886-1978)  was the sixth child of Swedish immigrants. In the 1920s, responsibility for the homestead fell to Nancy as her mother fell ill. She worked as a seamstress and engaged in animal photography. Many of her photos won awards and were sold to newspapers and magazines worldwide. Nancy Hendrickson images are online at and her papers are available for research at the State Archives in the North Dakota Heritage Center.

Silver Service

The silver service on exhibit in the Hall of Honors at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum was a christening gift from the people of North Dakota to the U.S.S. North Dakota battleship.

Every four years, portions of the Silver Service are used for the Governor’s Inaugural Ball.

Read more about the silver service and other items on exhibit in the Hall of Honors.

The Winter 2016 issue of Plains Talk is now available online. Read the newsletter here.

The Failed Fisk Expedition: What If?
by Doug Wurtz

“Hundreds of wolves, attracted by the scent of blood and of corpses set up a most unearthly howling and yelping, while there gathered and broke over us a thunder storm more grand and terrific than anything I had ever experienced. There was incessant and intensely vivid lightening for nearly an hour, and then came peal and treble peal of heavy continued and incessant thunder which lasted for two hours. A shower, not in drops but in sheets poured for an hour upon our parched camp, till within the corral, in the natural basin around which it was formed, cattle were standing in the morning in two feet of water." James L. Fisk, Dakota Territory, September 3, 1864

Read the entire blog post here.

The following events will be held at the ND Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck:

Free Movies at the Museum
Dec. 26 - Dakota 38, showings at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Dec. 27-31 -  Ice Age family film festival. Each day will feature one of the Ice Age animated movies (rated PG) with show times at 9 a.m. (except on Saturday), 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Sensational Sundays
Jan. 8 - Prairie Public Television free premiere of Victoria, 2 p.m.

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. $10 fee. Register at
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 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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