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News from the State Historical Society of North Dakota
​June 2016  
HISTORY FOR everyone.
SHAKING UP SHAKESPEARE   PRESERVATION

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library

On exhibit at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, Bismarck, July 6 - 31

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s legacy, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, has provided a national 2016 tour of the "First Folio," the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. The North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum has been selected as North Dakota’s only host site.

Only 233 copies exist of this first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, and the ND Heritage Center & State Museum will be one of only 52 sites to host this treasure.

The State Historical Society of North Dakota will host lectures, theater performances with Capitol Shakespeare of Bismarck, workshops, and special displays at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum throughout July to complement this momentous occasion. 

See the full schedule of events at history.nd.gov/Shakespeare.
   
Historic Preservation Weekend, June 17-19, will feature programs, presentations, and tours hosted by organizations around the state. Coordinated by the State Historical Society of North Dakota's historic preservation staff.
For a complete listing of events, visit
history.nd.gov/50thNHPA/.


"50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act" on exhibit at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, Bismarck
In conjunction with nationwide events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the State Historical Preservation Office has produced an exhibit on display at the Heritage Center & State Museum. The exhibit explains the many ways NHPA has benefited North Dakota through preserving historic buildings, landscapes, and archaeology, and includes a media display on North Dakota properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The exhibit runs through October 23, 2016.
EXHIBITS   ARCHIVES

Take a day trip and discover the latest exhibits at your state historic sites and state museums.

Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center and Fort Buford State Historic Site
"How Does Your Garden Grow? Gardening in North Dakota"
From native Mandan and Hidatsa gardeners to the modern NDSU extension offices, this exhibit follows a garden’s progress from planting, to harvest, and finally preservation.

"Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Buford"
An overview of the contribution of African American soldiers (Buffalo Soldiers) on the frontier, this exhibit includes photos of Buffalo Soldiers and information about their time at Fort Buford.

Chateau de Mores State Historic Site
"Wičháȟpi Owíŋža - Star Quilt"
Star quilts are integral to modern Native American plains culture. This exhibit explores their meaning and development over the last century. Five contemporary star quilts are featured in addition to many historic items.

Fort Totten State Historic Site
"Bridges of North Dakota," Opening June 17 
Bridges tell us about historic travel patterns, engineering advances, and new building materials; they are a reflection of their community and the people who built them. This exhibit features photographs of bridges from across the state, spanning the time period from 1872 to the present.

Pembina State Museum 
"The Art of Einar Olstad"
Inspired by the people, scenery, and ranch life of the Dakota Badlands, rancher and artist Einar Olstad (1878-1955) captured the essence of the American West in his whimsical and often humorous portrayals of the Dakota cowboy.
   

Genealogy Research Tips for Beginners

Begin with yourself. Record the dates and places of your birth and marriage. Do the same for your parents and brothers and sisters, including their death dates and places, if available. Continue this process for each generation back as far as you can. It is usually helpful to use a pedigree chart format. Make accompanying family group sheets, to record the parents and all their children. Be sure to document each source of information at all times. Wherever you have a blank space is information you need to find out.

Talk to your relatives. It can be helpful to bring along photographs or other documents you have collected to help family members jog their memories. Family history is more than just names and dates. 

Organize your information. A three-ring binder is a good place to keep your work. Review all materials, then make a want list of what you need to extend your family lines. Keep a record of sources checked (a research log) in order to avoid reviewing the same material.

Go to your local library. At the library you may find a family and local history collection of atlases, cemetery records, census records, directories, family histories, newspapers, obituary files, photographs, published biographies and histories, and other miscellaneous materials. Larger research libraries such as the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana have materials from all over the United States, including military records and passenger lists. The microfilm resources of the Family History Library can be ordered via interlibrary loan from a branch Family History Center.

Read the rest of the article here.
PROGRAMS AT STATE HISTORIC SITES   PROGRAMS AT STATE MUSEUM
State historic sites are gearing up for a busy summer. Take a day trip to attend one of the many events!

June 11-12 - Living History Weekend at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site.

June 11-12 - Karen Nelson as the "Marquise de Mores" (Medora) at the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site.

June 12 - Open House at Fort Buford State Historic Site to honor the 150th Anniversary of start of construction of the fort.

June 12 - Flag Day at Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site.

June 13 - Junior Soldiers Program at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site.

June 16 - Piano Concert at Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site.

June 16 - History Book Club at Fort Buford State Historic Site.

June 16-17 - Confluence Quilters at Fort Buford State Historic Site.

June 17-19 - Historic Preservation Celebration Weekend with events statewide. See a full schedule at history.nd.gov/50thNHPA.

June 18 - "Knit in Public" at the Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site.

June 18 - Agriculture History and Future presentation at the Welk Homestead State Historic Site.

June 18-19 - "Hobby in the Lobby" at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site.

June 18-19 - Don Ehi as "AT Packard" at the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site.

June 19 - Germans From Russia Foodways presentation at Welk Homestead State Historic Site.

June 19 - Grand Opening of Attic Playroom at the Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site, 2-4 p.m.

June 19 - Sunday History Program at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site.

June 19 - Concert at the Confluence featuring Jim and Cheryl Lingenfelter at Fort Buford State Historic Site.

June 20 - Junior Soldiers Program at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site.

June 23 - "Dinosaur Day" at the Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site.

June 23 - Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site open until 6:30 p.m.

June 25-26 - Don Elhi as "Felix" at the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site.

June 25-26 - History Alive! featuring Arch Ellwein as Steamboat Captain Grant Marsh at Fort Buford State Historic Site.

June 26 - Sunday History Program at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site.

June 27 - Junior Soldiers Program at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site.

Find out more about these and other upcoming programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota at history.nd.gov/events or call 701.328.2666.
 
Join us for programs at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck

June 15 - Jurassic Art: Sculpting. Dinosaur-themed art classes for ages 11-16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

June 19-  Sensational Sunday: “Metis Heritage in North Dakota” film screening, 2 p.m.

June 22 - Jurassic Art: Puppets. Dinosaur-themed art classes for ages 11-16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

June 28 - Shaking up Shakespeare: Kammermusiker free concert, 7 p.m.

June 29 - Jurassic Art: Draw Dinosaurs. Dinosaur-themed art classes for ages 11-16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

July 1 - West River Winds free concert, 7:30 p.m.

Find out more about these upcoming educational programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota at history.nd.gov/events or call 701.328.2666.


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12,000 Years, A Piece of Flint, and a New Pursuit
by Doug Wurtz

Number “22” launched me into the world of archaeology.

Let me explain.

It was Sunday, July 30, 2006, day #7 of a nine-day archaeological project at a place called Beacon Island in northwestern North Dakota.

In those seven days, I had progressed to the point where I was trusted with a trowel, a kneeling pad and my very own archaeological “unit.” The unit was my very own 1 meter by 1 meter square of potential discovery.

It had been very hot, 112 degrees a couple of days before, and just about the same that Sunday afternoon. It was an exciting week but the heat, the baloney sandwiches, and the lack of a long shower was beginning to take a toll on my enthusiasm.

About 2:30 that afternoon, the very distinct sound of metal hitting stone resonated in my sunburned brain. I quickly realized that the sound didn’t come from my trowel, but from the unit immediately to my left. A University of Chicago field school student had discovered a piece of Knife River Flint that would fuel my imagination.

Read the rest of Doug's post here.

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