December 9, 2015
North Dakota Property Listed in National Register of Historic Places
BISMARCK – A cemetery and a residential historic district have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government’s list of properties it considers worthy of preservation and recognition.
The M.E. Beebe Historic District in Fargo consists of six houses owned, designed, or remodeled by Milton E. Beebe. Beebe started his practice in Buffalo, New York, but moved to Fargo, North Dakota, in 1898. The district is significant for its architecture as well as for its association with Beebe as he lived and worked from buildings in the district.
The Ashley Jewish Homesteaders Cemetery near Ashley is the only remaining site associated with the McIntosh County Jewish farming community, the largest Jewish agricultural settlement in North Dakota. The cemetery is located on land that was originally patented to Russian Jewish immigrant Sarah Schlasinger (nee Bendersky) in 1906, and the burials date from 1913-1932.
Contrary to some misconceptions about the National Register program, listing in it does not prevent owners from altering their property, restricting the use or sale of the property, or establish times requiring that the property must be open to the public. Entry into the National Register of Historic Places does give a property prestige, provides protection from federally-assisted projects, and provides eligibility for certain preservation financial incentives.
For more information about the National Register program in North Dakota, contact Architectural Historian Lorna Meidinger, State Historical Society of North Dakota, at 701.328.2089 or find information online at history.nd.gov.
Lorna Meidinger, 701.328.2089
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