Dakota Datebook

Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:41 am, 3:50 pm, 5:44 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public.

Dakota Datebook is is generously funded by the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of the North Dakota Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Recent Shows

  • The Bismarck Capitol steps as a Skating Rink

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    After the original capitol building in Bismarck burned down in a fire on December 30, 1930, the current Capitol, the “Skyscraper of the Prairie,” was planned and built. Constructed during the Great Depression, many of the original plans for extra decoration were reduced or even eliminated. For example, a fifty-foot statue intended for the entry […]

  • North Dakota Black Contingent

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    By the first week of October in 1917, all of the North Dakota National Guard and approximately forty-five percent of those who were drafted had left the state for Camp Dodge, Iowa or Camp Greene, North Carolina.  A third segment of the conscripted men had yet to receive their date of departure.  Citizens and non-citizens, […]

  • Memories of Brinsmade

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    In the early 1880s, many settlers who considered land prices in the Red River Valley to be unreasonably high pushed farther west where the land was free. One such seeker was John L. Solberg, who selected some land near Devils Lake. He’s credited with being the earliest homesteader in what would become Normania township. He […]

  • Underappreciated and Under Fire

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    On this date in 1918, the Hope Pioneer reported on the meeting of the Woman’s National Council of Defense in Sherbrooke. The Council was an American organization formed during World War I. The purpose of the group was to support the war effort by coordinating resources, promoting financial support for the war, and supporting public […]

  • A Splendid Talk

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    Annie Kenney came to the attention of the British press in 1905. That was the year she and Christabel Pankhurst were arrested after they heckled Sir Edward Grey at a Liberal rally in Manchester. They insisted that he respond to their demands for women’s suffrage. The two women were credited with initiating a new phase […]

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