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  • Stereopticons Used by School Superintendents

    …. with our final essay for Education Week. In today’s modern schools, students and teachers have access to great technologies like SmartBoards and PowerPoint programs. In 1916, school superintendents in North Dakota experimented with multimedia presentations too, using one of the latest and greatest technologies of the time: the stereopticon. “The stereopticon in North Dakota […]

  • Book Burning in Drake

    …. continuing with school-related themes on this Education Week. When the janitor of Drake public school tossed a pile of books into the building’s furnace in 1973, he did not do so as a symbolic act or a political statement. The school always burned its waste, and the thirty-two copies of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five […]

  • Nuns in North Dakota Schools

    … as we observe Education Week. In 1946, the people of Selfridge feared that an “undemocratic and un-American” presence had infiltrated their public schools. The suspects were not devious spies, but rather Catholic nuns. In 1943, the taxpayers of Selfridge signed a petition to hire Benedictine sisters to teach in the public school in the […]

  • New Education System

    … continuing our Education Week series. In 1942, while other schoolchildren were stuck inside a classroom learning reading, writing, and arithmetic, the children of Wing village spent their days in workshops, classrooms, and fields learning the finer points of shoe repair, woodwork, and gardening. These students were the beneficiaries of a new education system devised […]

  • The Sardine Can Bus

    Before the introduction of the big yellow school bus, school-provided transportation was non-existent for the students of rural, one-room schools. Most children in North Dakota made their way to school the old-fashioned way – by buggy, sled, horseback, or on foot. But one lucky group of children rode to school in style aboard a horse-drawn […]

  • Early North Dakota Education

    When a child hears the word “school” today, he or she might think of brick school buildings, big yellow buses, computers, and textbooks. But the word school meant something very different to the first students of North Dakota. School meant walking two miles to a one-room structure made of wood, stone, or sod to learn […]

  • North Dakota School for the Deaf

    This is Education Week. On September 10, 1890, the North Dakota School for the Deaf was founded in Devils Lake. Only one student made an appearance on that first day of class, but by the end of the year, 23 pupils were enrolled. The original school was housed in an old frame building provided by […]

  • Flaming Tractor

    In the good old days, farming could be difficult. Instead of the heavy machinery of today, farmers relied on horses. The dangers of being kicked, dragged, trampled or trod upon were not pleasant, and so switching to gas machinery was a welcome change. However, on this date in 1925, Fred Kelter, a farmer near Center, […]

  • Joseph Nicolas Nicollet

    Throughout the nineteenth century, humanity’s knowledge of the world expanded at a spectacular rate. As Europeans set out for destinations around the globe in search of new trade routes, to spread their faith, sell their goods or simply explore the world, many returned with detailed maps and fabulous stories about lands the rest of Europe […]

  • French Fries

    The British call them “chips,” served with deep-fried slabs of cod fish, and wrapped up in yesterday’s newspaper. The French refer to them as “frites,” served up with mayonnaise or mustard. And the Canadians prefer them doused in malt vinegar, with salt liberally applied. But here in America, we call them French fries. Americans bought […]

  • Fiction from the Dust Bowl

    During the thirties, intense heat, cold and drought contended with other factors to turn the Midwest into a giant dust bowl. With the erosion of topsoil and the destruction of farmland, many lost their home, and their will to continue. Yet some still chose to stay and push forward, despite the difficulties. These were the […]

  • Baseball

    Norman Kenney liked baseball. He was good at it, too; he even played professionally in North Dakota and in Montana. In 1925, he played for the Red Sox, a travelling team in Dickinson, ND. The first game of the season was in May, in Hazen. However, the team hit dire straits when a Hazen base […]

  • Fantasical Family Feud

    In 1904, the Fargo Forum publicized a domestic row that had escalated over the course of September and began to affect the greater Fargo area. The trouble existed between Mr. John Schultz and his wife, and began earlier in the year. Apparently, Mr. Schultz first made news by accusing his wife of numerous infidelities; chief […]

  • Theodore Roosevelt Visits

    It was on this date in 1912 that Theodore Roosevelt visited Fargo by train during his Progressive campaign. Footage from the event shows the President being greeted by massive crowds at the Northern Pacific train depot. The President spoke from the rear of the train as part of his larger western rail tour. Film also […]

  • Grants Apples

    In 1883, the capitol of Dakota Territory was moved from Yankton to Bismarck, and on this date, many prominent citizens, including ex-president Ulysses S. Grant, came to see the laying of the new building’s cornerstone. This ceremony was the big event, but Bismarck residents also readied the city and their homes. In one yard, a […]

  • Frances Densmore

    In the summer of 1912, two peculiar figures trekked across the Ft. Berthold Reservation wearing high-collared dresses and heavy petticoats in the hot summer sun. Ms. Frances Densmore and her sister Margaret stuck out like a sore thumb as they hauled ungainly machinery such as a typewriter, a phonograph, and camera equipment across the natives’ […]

  • Dick Grace

    Surviving a plane crash is considered a miracle for any person, but imagine surviving 47 crashes in your lifetime. This was one of North Dakota pilot Dick Grace’s greatest claims to fame. You might think that any pilot who crashed 47 times was clumsy, but not Dick Grace. Crashing planes was his job. After serving […]

  • Finlander on the Warpath

    The Bisbee Gazette published a story about an event that took place, on this date in 1911, titled “Finlander on the Warpath.” The article read, “Saturday evening a bunch of Finlanders loaded up on snoose and Hofman drop and then started in to carve each other in the usual way among those fellows. The affray […]

  • Scott Gunvaldson

    A tall lanky man stands in the Hotel Kaddatz in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Working in complete silence, the artist wields his paintbrush and brings to life vibrant scenes from everyday life: a proud family surveying their farm, wide eyed cows grazing on bucolic lush land, vibrant blue skies above blazing gold sunflowers, trains passing by […]

  • Cow Crash

    Ask any North Dakotan, and they will tell you that cows have an important place in the history of the state. These simple creatures were as much a part of the prairies as they are a part of the dairies. Yet a day in the life of a cow is usually not very interesting to […]