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Annual Preservation Tour - Saturday, July 13th
Join PND on a guided bus tour of historic sites in south-central ND. Enjoy a fun-filled day of history and heritage! Tickets are available online only. Cost is $33, which includes a catered lunch from James River Cafe and round-trip transportation. Hurry up! Space is limited.
Fort Yates, ND: Visit the burial site of Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Sioux leader killed December 15, 1890, see the Standing Rock Monument, St. Benedict’s Church and Cemetery, and the last remaining building of old Fort Yates all in Fort Yates, ND
Cannonball Station State Historic Site
Fort Rice State Historic Site
Huff, ND: Visit the Huff Indian Village State Historic Site, take a private tour of ongoing preservation efforts at the Huff Hall (a 1930s log structure built by the CCC), and see t he St. Martin’s fieldstone church
Preservation North Dakota Attends Certified Local Governments Conference
Dickinson, ND April 26th
PND was among preservation professionals and representatives of the state’s 8 local governments participating in the CLG Program. Each CLG has met the requirements of, and has applied for, certification to become a fully participating partner in national and state historic preservation programs. Requirements of the CLG program include passage of an ordinance committing the local government to developing and maintaining an historic preservation program along with a set of management policies, rules and procedures supportive of the professional principles of, and the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for, historic preservation. Upon certification, the CLG may apply for competitive grants to undertake its historic preservation program to protect and enhance the CLG’s historic resources. The following North Dakota communities have made this commitment and meet annually to discuss their efforts in the name of preservation.
Bismarck, Burleigh County, Certification
Pembina County, Certified 09/26/2003
Dickinson, Stark County, Certified
Buffalo, Cass County, Certified 07/31/2001
Fargo, Cass County, Certified 01/29/1992
Devils Lake, Ramsey, County Certified
Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, Certified
Walsh County, Certified 11/21/1989
Tickets ON SALE FOR PND's Mini Van Tour to Denbigh Experimental Forest, Velva, and Wilton ND!
Saturday July 21, 2018 8-5pm
Join us for a tour of the historic Denbigh Experimental Forestry Station and Velva, North Dakota. During the 1930s the Great Plains experienced massive soil erosion caused by drought, poor soil maintenance and high winds. The US Forest Service founded the Denbigh Station and experimental forest as a site to find improved methods to hold the sandy soils with trees, especially various shelterbelt designs. Two cabins have been restored and the forest itself remains. Join us with Ranger Casey Johnson and retired USFS archaeologist Tom Turck for a tour of the site. Afterwards we will see historic sites in Velva, including the Eric Sevareid home, a late Victorian home and two important pieces of infrastructure.
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: Efforts Chug Forward to Save BNSF Railway Bridge
PND Invited to Participate in 2017 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.