Countdown to Statehood with Dakota Datebook

North Dakota will celebrate 125 years of statehood on November 2, 2014, and Prairie Public is joining the festivities with special “Countdown to Statehood” essays from historian Jim Davis and Dakota Datebook. Click the links below to learn about North Dakota and its storied history, and stay tuned for new stories every week!

Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:35 am, 3:50 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public.

November 5, 2013 Dakota Territory
November 12 Countdown to Statehood
November 19 Dennis Hannifin
November 25 Local Option

December 3 Jamestown Convention
December 9 Willis R. Bierly
December 16 Land Ownership and Patriotism
December 23 Christmas in Dakota 1888
December 30 Springer’s Insult

January 7, 2014 Division and Dualism
January 17 1889 Session Begins
January 21 Institutions
January 27 Session Dilemma

February 6 Democratic Caucus
February 12 Mid-Session Hostilities
February 20 Springer Relents
February 24 The Omnibus Bill Approved

March 6 End in Sight
March 12 End of Last Territorial Session
March 20 Tenure of Office
March 24 Mellette Takes Office

April 2 Political Patronage
April 7 Railroad Rates and Land Speculation
April 15 Election Proclamation
April 24 Immigration Threatened
April 28 Centennial States

May 8 District Elections
May 14 Political Plums
May 22 Election of Delegates
May 30 Prohibition Strategy

June 4 Oil in Dakota?
June 12 Pre-Convention Posturing
June 18 Celebration Planning in Bismarck
June 23 Capitol Relocation

July 2 Sitting Bull
July 9 Week One of Convention
July 15 Week One of Convention
July 23 Hannifin Returns
July 28 Williams’ Constitution

August 5 Joint Commission
August 15 Out of Money
August 21 Sine Die
August 27 Constitution Composition

September 3 Political Conventions
September 9 Political Maelstrom
September 18 Mugwumps
September 22 McKenzie
September 30 Election Eve

October 8 Post-Election Highlights
October 16 Republican Triumph
October 20 25th Anniversary of Statehood
October 29 Statehood at Last


Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.


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