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  • Angie Dickinson

    Today is the birthday of legendary actress, Angie Dickinson. Her given name was Angeline Brown, but the name for which she is better known came from her first husband, semi-pro football player Gene Dickinson. Angie was born in Kulm, in southeast ND, where her father ran the Kulm Messenger. The family also lived in nearby […]

  • Dr. Stickney

    It was on this date in 1883 that Dr. V.H. Stickney arrived in Dickinson. The newspaper reported he “arrived last Saturday from Ludlow, Vermont and has located here for the practice of medicine… He may be found at Davis and Fowler’s drugstore.” Author Erling Rolfsrud wrote, “Victor Hugo Stickney, M.D. little realized on that (September) […]

  • William Jennings Bryan

    On this date in 1916, William Jennings Bryan spoke to more than 3,000 people gathered at the Grand Forks city auditorium. He was in the state to support the Democratic ticket, and it was his ninth speech in the state that day. Sixteen years earlier, Bryan spoke before a crowd of 5,000 people in the […]

  • Voices from the Heartland audio CD

    “Voices of the Heartland” is a CD collection of narratives in the tradition of the Growing Up German-Russian series and gleaned from the oral histories collection of the Dakota Memories Oral History Project.

  • Banned Books Week

    “Celebrate Your Freedom to Read” is the motto used in many libraries this week to promote Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is part of the American Library Association’s goal to “keep the concept of literary freedom at the forefront of Americans’ minds.” The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom received 460 “challenges” about […]

  • Boys will be boys

    On this date in 1909, three Ramsey County boys between the ages of 12 and 15 decided they had enough of living at their parents’ farms. They headed out from Grand Harbor, loaded down with blankets and shot guns, and traveled as far as Churchs Ferry. However, the town marshal, warned of their approach, threw […]

  • Damn Water

    The Izaak Walton League was formed in 1922 by sportsmen who wanted to save the outdoors for future generations. Today, there is only one chapter in North Dakota, in St. John. In the past, however, the organization had more presence here. On this date in 1932, the league was involved in a special week set […]

  • Moralizing Marionettes

    Today is the last day of our week at the museum. We have brought you the stories of a buffalo-hide tipi, a Mrs. North Dakota pageant dress, a slot machine and a string bass. Our final story is about a theater troupe of marionettes. Dangling from their strings, their arms and legs at rest, they […]

  • The String Bass

    Welcome, as we continue our week at the museum! Along the museum storage shelves are some dangerous artifacts, including pistols, rifles and medicine laced with mercury. Today’s object, however, is hardly dangerous. Sitting on its side is a string bass. The large instrument has long cracks running along the wood, banged up edges and old […]

  • One Armed Bandit

    Welcome to day four of our week at the museum! Touring the shelves of the museum’s storage area, one can find old radios, computers and even a microwave purchased as a Christmas gift for $581.36 in 1979. One piece of older technology in the collection is a slot machine. The first such machine was invented […]

  • Mrs. North Dakota

    Welcome, as we continue our week at the museum! Perusing the museum’s storage you can find a map of North Dakota’s counties done up in stamps by a school group or a portrait painted by John Singer Sargent. The owner of that piece was so cheap he smuggled it through customs so he didn’t have […]

  • Buffalo Hide Tipi

    Welcome to a week at the museum! This week we are bringing you the stories behind some of the objects at the Heritage Center. Among pioneer artifacts of washboards and spinning wheels, there are objects from some of North Dakota’s earlier residents, including a buffalo-hide tepi. While some think that all Native Americans lived in […]

  • Week at the Museum

    On this date in 1981, workers for the State Historical Society were packing up objects for the grand move to the new building. Until then, all of the society’s artifacts had been stored and displayed in the neighboring Liberty Memorial Building. Today the Historical Society is looking forward to an expansion that will exhibit, and […]

  • Wooden Leg

    On this date in 1907, the Northern Pacific railroad held an auction in Fargo to get rid of some unclaimed baggage that had accumulated over the last two years. The boxes and parcels were sold unopened, so there was a touch of mystery to the proceedings. Many fine discoveries were made, such as a box […]

  • Fort Berthold Indian Fair

    The first Fort Berthold Indian Fair began on this date in 1911, held in a large open field near the Elbowoods Agency. Indian fairs, or industrial fairs as many Indian agents referred to them, served a variety of purposes. To Native Americans, the fairs were a social occasion at which cultural demonstrations, stories, and crafts […]

  • B-52 Incident, 1980

    North Dakota has been the home of two Air Force bases since the 1950s, and both Minot and Grand Forks have benefitted economically. However, both cities have faced risks from the very presence of the nuclear weapons carried on B-52 bombers. The risk was usually minimized by the careful work of the airmen who serviced […]

  • Minot gets a street light

    So many modern conveniences have become so commonplace that we take them for granted, often not realizing the great benefits derived from new gadgets and technologies. One of the foundations of traffic safety, “stop-and-go” lights, provides better flows of cars and trucks on the streets of North Dakota cities and towns. This day in history […]

  • Dr. Johnson and the Soldiers Home

    Dr. J. H. Johnson, the first surgeon of the North Dakota Soldiers’ Home, passed away on this date in 1910. As surgeon of the home, Johnson also served on the Board of Admissions. His role at the home was instrumental during its early years. Although Johnson suffered from a stroke in February of 1910 that […]

  • State Highway Commission

    T. G. Plomasen was appointed state highway commissioner on this date in 1934. Although the full-time position had only existed for eighteen months, Plomasen was the state’s third commissioner. During the 1930s, North Dakota had six different governors within six years, and seven highway commissioners. These turbulent times resulted in a variety of policy changes […]

  • Ted Weems

    On this date in 1946, the orchestra of Ted Weems played in the Jamestown armory. Weems was a nationally recognized bandleader who had risen to prominence during the 1930s. He also wrote music, and though some of his more popular songs, such as “Jig Time” and “The One Man Band,” may or may not be […]