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August 2019
HISTORY FOR everyone.

Bootlegging, Corruption, and the Schumacher Family in Prohibition Era Fargo-Moorhead
North Dakota History, Vol. 81, No. 1, Spring 2016

After the Spring 2016 issue of the North Dakota History was released, our editors received a fun e-mail from reader Demarest Bowers Morrow. She wrote, in part: The issue focusing on the Prohibition reminded me of a song that my dad, Edward A. Bowers, born in Fargo in 1900, used to sing during Prohibition Days.... I thought you would enjoy knowing about it. He sang it to the song, "It's a Long Way to Tipperary."

It's a long way to Minneapolis
Its a long way to go
Its a long way to Minneapolis 
Where the beer and whiskey flow

Its a long way to Minneapolis
So long rock and rye
Its a long, long way to Minneapolis 
When Moorhead goes dry

We did enjoy it! Read the Prohibition article online.

Buy the Prohibition issue in the Museum Store.
Read articles from other issues of North Dakota History.
men dressed as women and women dressed as men for a mock wedding
Read Our Blog: Inventor John D. Kirschmann: Part 1 

In June 2019, the papers of inventor John D. Kirschmann were received by the North Dakota State Archives. Kirschmann was born and raised in a German-speaking household in Regent, North Dakota, where he attended school until the fifth grade. He struggled in the classroom because of the language barrier, and later noted that he received his basic education from his father in German. He went on to develop and distribute agricultural machinery and products and become one of the most recognized names in Midwest agriculture. Meet the young Kirschmann in our blog.

Online Exhibit: North Dakota Night Sky
“North Dakota Night Sky” is a new online exhibit showcasing the state’s night sky, exploring constellations, navigation, meteorites, Mars, and night sky activities for any clear night. Be sure to check out the immersive video, 360° Guide to the North Dakota Night Sky, that works on phones, computers, or virtual reality headsets to bring the view of the North Dakota night to users’ fingertips.

Two children interacting with dinosaur touch table
ND Studies Teacher Workshop: Making Connections

Teachers participating in this workshop will become familiar with the many resources available at and from other state agencies and stakeholders. 
• Get hands-on experience with web-based ND Studies resources
• Learn how to adapt ND Studies resources to your classroom
• Receive 1 Graduate Credit – UND, NDSU, MSU
• Tour the ND Heritage Center & State Museum
• Receive a $225 stipend

Space is limited. Register early at:
For more information, contact Neil Howe
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Spotlight: Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site

Fort Abercrombie was the first permanent United States military fort established in what was to become North Dakota. The site will host Aber Days Aug. 3-4. Activities will include guided tours, demonstrations of blacksmithing, tinsmithing, Civil War sewing, and tin plate photograpy. Also on the schedule is the 5th Minnesota Infantry Company D Civil War Encampment, the Aber Fire & Rescue Rodeo, and book signings by North Dakota authors. Learn more about the site and see the Aber Days schedule so you can join the fun!

Calling All North Dakota Yearbooks

The 1939-40 Grand Forks Central High School Year Book included this Girls' Athletics feature. The State Historical Society of North Dakota is putting a call out for yearbooks. If you are willing to donate them unconditionally to the State Archives, please contact us at 

Upcoming Events at State Museums & State Historic Sites 

ND Heritage Center & State Museum - Sensational Sundays, State Archives Open
Gingras Trading Post State Historic Site - Gingras Day
Chateau de Mores State Historic Site - History Alive, Carriage Rides, Ranger Swap
Camp Hancock State Historic Site - Kite Making
Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site - Ice Cream Social
Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site - Sunday History Programs, Aber Days
Fort Buford State Historic Site - Scrapbooking at the Confluence, Confluence Quilters, Fort Buford Book Club, Concert at the Confluence
Stutsman County Courthouse State Historic Site - Concert at the Courthouse
Welk Homestead State Historic Site - Blacksmithing, Accordion Jam Festival, Concert
Whitestone Hill State Historic Site - Education Day

For information on these and other programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, go to


The State Historical Society of North Dakota oversees the State Museum, the Pembina State Museum, and 55 historic sites. Our mission is “to preserve, interpret, and promote the heritage of North Dakota and its people.”

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