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 Colletes

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    On this date in 2003, a small church in St. Lambert, Quebec, celebrated its 150th year. To mark the occasion, the congregation dedicated a plaque to the Collet family, which donated land for the church in 1850. It is believed the first Collets arrived on the North American continent from France around the mid-1700s. They […]

  • 1890 Drought and Hardship for Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    On this date in 1890, an article in the Jamestown Weekly Alert addressed the suffering and difficulties of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. Drought on the Lake Traverse Reservation had resulted in failed crops, leaving the tribe with few resources, and close to starvation. Families sold valuable ponies and oxen, and the scarce timber was cut […]

  • Traveling Libraries

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    One of the best ways to beat the heat on these long summer days is to find a little shade and open up a good book. For far-off adventures, no need to go any further than your local public library. However, for some North Dakotans in rural communities, access to libraries is challenging. Nonetheless, trustworthy […]

  • Three Masked Men

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    On this date in 1911, three masked men held up a Northern Pacific train between Tower City and Buffalo.  Armed with revolvers, they collected $500 from the passengers and went to the locomotive.  They ordered the engineer to stop the train so they could get off, but he refused.  One of the robbers shot the […]

  • World’s Largest Quilt

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    The North Dakota Quilt Project was conceived 31 years ago this month in 1986.  It was a means for the Quilters’ Guild of North Dakota to help celebrate the state’s centennial in 1989.  Leona Tennyson, of Antler, North Dakota was instrumental in the project. Once finished, it would be the world’s largest quilt, covering more […]

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