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

  • Telegraph Strike

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    On this date in 1907, the country faced a communication crisis.  The telegraphers working for Western Union and for the Postal Telegraph Company had gone out on strike.  Since 1900, telegraphers had worked to organize.  In 1903, several of those organizations came together to form the Commercial Telegraphers Union of America.  There were approximately 8,000 […]

  • Labor Shortage

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    War news from Europe was somewhat grim in August of 1917, as the mobilization of troops in the United States was rapidly approaching.  French initiatives in the Alsace- Loraine region, at first meeting with some success, were now being repulsed by German advances.  Many sections of the line were deteriorating into trench warfare.   At […]

  • Bocas de Ceniza

    Monday, August 14, 2017

    It may seem strange that an art piece exhibiting the struggle of Colombians was first shown in North Dakota, but in the summer of 2005 this was the case. The people of Colombia live a life that many of us could not imagine. A brutal civil war between guerilla forces and the military has ravaged […]

  • Julien Monnet, North Dakota Tennis Champion, 1904

    Friday, August 11, 2017

    Summer for some includes tennis.  The ‘thwwwwack’ of a racket has echoed in North Dakota since the mid-1880s, when ‘lawn tennis’ infiltrated the region. Grand Forks organized its tennis club in 1885, and by the first decade of the 1900s North Dakota had established state championships for individuals and doubles. On this date, in 1904, […]

  • The North Dakota Children’s Home Society

    Thursday, August 10, 2017

    In the late 1800s, the New York Children’s Aid Society routinely rounded up homeless children and sent them west on trains that came to be known as the orphan trains.  The children were usually placed with farmers.  Sometimes they found good homes where they were loved, but sometimes they were considered free labor and subject […]

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