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 Florence Crittenton Home

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    Florence Crittenton was the daughter of prominent New York businessman John Crittenton.  Florence died of scarlet fever in 1882 when she was only four years old.  Her father was heartbroken.  Looking for meaning in life, he began attending prayer meetings.  At one such gathering he met evangelist Smith Allen, who invited Crittenton to tour the […]

  • The First Printing Press on the Prairie

    Monday, September 25, 2017

    On this date in 1639, the first printing press was set up in the American colonies. Brought to Cambridge, Massachusetts from England by the Rev. Joseph Glover, a Puritan Minister, the press was transported to the fledging colony to become a part of a new college that would soon be known as Harvard. Printing presses […]

  • Books for Soldiers

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    The war caught America unprepared, not only by an inadequate military establishment, but in a source of revenue to fund it.  It soon became apparent that to be a good, patriotic, American citizen, one had to be a “giving” citizen.  Slackers were not only those who failed to serve, but were also those who failed […]

  • Little Shell Protest

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa is comprised primarily of three bands: the Pembina Band, the Red Bear Band, and the Little Shell Band. Whether the Little Shell group is properly included has been a legal problem that has its roots in the late 1800s. On this date in 1892 the North Dakota Government held […]

  • A North Dakota Nuisance

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    There are many signs of fall in North Dakota.  The days get shorter.  The leaves start changing color.  And the boxelder bugs make an appearance. On this date in 1900, the Griggs Courier warned that boxelder bugs were on the march. Over 100 years later, the bugs continue to make an annual appearance.  An article […]

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