Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:41 am, 3:50 pm, 5:44 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public.
Sunday marks the birthday of Felix Paul Greve, a mysterious writer born in Germany in 1879. Greve was only 21 when his first known work was published. He soon became renowned for his translations, poetry, fiction and plays in Europe. In October, 1902, Greve was staging Oscar Wilde comedies in Berlin when he became friends […]
General Alfred Howe Terry was an experienced army officer, with extensive service during the Civil War. He was the military commander of Dakota Territory from 1866 to 1869 and again from 1872 to 1886. He became George Armstrong Custer’s commanding officer in 1873. The 7th Cavalry had been posted to the Dakota Territory and was […]
Dakota Territory was wilder than ever on this date in 1863 when acting governor John Hutchinson issued a recruitment order in response to the U.S.-Dakota War. Hutchinson sought to recruit men to Company C of the Dakota Cavalry for protection of settlers. Over 600 white civilians and soldiers had been killed in the uprising in […]
On this date in 1966, word came from Bismarck that a North Dakota town was going to be given back to Montana. At the time, Westby was a town of about 300 people. The residents were used to thinking they were from Montana, but between 1963 and 1966, the official state map of North Dakota […]
Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America. As the homesteaders’ plows began turning over the prairie sod, only minimal curiosity and concern was given to the remnants of earlier civilizations. Various effigies, tipi rings and burial mounds were removed with little […]