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  • A Pair of Shoes

    The Civil War in America was one of the last major conflicts that used the European form of battle with frontal assaults in formation, sometimes against an entrenched enemy. Advancements in weaponry created higher casualty rates and made this tactic less effective. The round musket ball, fired from a smooth bore rifle had an effective […]

  • Bicycles and Bloomers

    In 1895, the New York Tribune reported the bicycle was “of more importance to mankind than all the victories and defeats of Napoleon, with the First and Second Punic Wars…thrown in.” A hundred years later, the Minnesota Historical Society published an article by Bemidji professor Ron Spreng titled: The 1890s Bicycling Craze in the Red […]

  • Drayton Sugar Beets

    The American Crystal Sugar Company began operating North Dakota’s first refinery – located near Drayton – on this date in 1965. Farmers in the Red River Valley experimented with sugar beets as far back as the 1870s, but without a processing plant nearby, beets proved a poor venture. Valley farmers gave sugar beets another try […]

  • Four Paw Farrington

    Credit for founding the town of Hazen is linked to two different people. Alexander or “Sandy” Roberts squatted on the location in the fall of 1882 and, two years later, he filed for a post office to be named Hazen. The U.S. government granted his request, and the following year, Hazen went on the map– […]

  • Hobos, Trains, and Guns

    At about this time in 1902, railroad workers in the state had been going through a tough time with hobos riding the rails. On September 22nd, the Fargo Forum reported a story under the heading, “Another Brakeman Shot.” The incident had happened the previous Saturday night aboard a Northern Pacific stock train heading east. A […]

  • 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 […]