Preservation North Dakota makes Headlines with Friends of the Rail Bridge Grassroots Preservation Movement
Members from Preservation North Dakota recently attended a gathering at the Bismarck Heritage Center where concerned citizens of Bismarck and Mandan ralled around the state's beloved Northern Pacific bridge across the Missouri. Since that informational meeting, several key players have formed the Friends of the Rail Bridge (FORB) non-profit organization and are looking for members to join in their cause. The bridge, which predates statehood and has naturally come to be a regional landmark, has an uncertain future. The BNSF intends to replace the bridge and has proposed several options currently under review by agencies involved in the planning process. FORB is committed to exploring all possible preservation options. PND is proudly supporting this fact-finding mission with the hope that a future can be found for this incredible structure. For more information and to learn how you can help, follow Friends of the Bridge on facebook.com and check out this link to the Bismarck Tribune article:
PND Invited to PArticipate in Northern Great Plains History Conference
Preservation North Dakota was well-represented at the 2017 Northern Great Plains History Conference held in Grand Forks, October 4-7. PND would like to thank the panelists who presented on a variety of preservation topics.
- Preservation North Dakota: The Little Statewide Historic Preservation Organization That Could by Marsha Gunderson & Becky Heise
- "Upon this Rock/Against Long Odds": Stewardship of Dakota Territory's Stone Episcopal Churches as Fine Art and Cultural Heritage by Steve Martens
- Saving North Dakota's Small Town Historical Gems by Bobbi Hepper-Olson
Adventures in Southeast North Dakota: PND Members Tour Historic Sites Together, May 2017
Browse member photos from our tour of Southeast North Dakota. Stops along the way included the Stutsman County Courthouse , Gill School, Casselton Heritage Center Episcopal Stone Church, Bagg Bonanza Farm, Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site, the Stern House, and the Kinzler House. Special thanks to Meagan Schoenfelder for sharing such wonderful images!
PND Supports Historic District Tree Planting May 2017
Preservation North Dakota helped host a historic house tour in the Bismarck area in conjunction with the State Historical Society's Governor's History Conference in October 2016. The tour was wildly successful with over 100 attendees enjoying an evening stroll through the Bismarck Cathedral Area Historic District. Money raised from the series of six open-houses in the District was used by residents and volunteers to complete a spring planting project, replacing boulevard elm trees that had been lost over the years due to storm damage and disease. The boulevard elms are a character defining feature of the District and are included in the National Register of Historic Places along with the over 100 historic homes. Funds were matched by the city's Partners in Planting grant program and purchased 17 disease-resistant saplings. Bismarck Forestry Department staff helped residents plant the new trees, filling gaps throughout the neighborhood. Architectural Historian Lou Haffermehl spoke to participants and members of PND about the history of the District, its tree-lined streets, and the value of historic preservation. To learn more about the city of Bismarck's grant program, visit the forestry department's website at: https://bismarcknd.gov/942/Partners-in-Planting-Program
PND Attends October 22-23 Governor's History Conference
Preservation North Dakota joined members of the State Historical Society in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act at the annual Governor’s History Conference in Bismarck. To illustrate the value of historic preservation up-close, PND hosted historical walking tours in the Bismarck area, ending the weekend’s activities with a guided tour of Forth Abraham Lincoln, now the campus of United Tribes Technical College, two miles south of Bismarck.