State Historical Society of North Dakota

The State Historical Society of North Dakota is an agency that preserves and presents history through museums and historic sites in the state of North Dakota. The agency operates the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, which serves as a history museum for the state, oversees the preservation of the state's historic places, and presents the history of the state to the public in exhibits and branch museums. The Society also operates the Former North Dakota Executive Mansion in Bismarck.


Headquartered in Bismarck, the State Historical Society consists of one governing board of appointees and four divisions, each with a different function.

State Historical Board

The State Historical Board consists of twelve members. Seven members are appointed by the governor to staggered three-year terms.[1] The current board president is Chester Nelson, the vice president is Gereld Gerntholz, and the secretary is Richard Kloubec. Nelson's term was scheduled to expire on July 1, 2010, pending reappointment by the governor.[2]

Historic Preservation Division

The Historic Preservation Division prepares a statewide historic preservation plan and inventories, evaluates, and nominates sites to be listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The division assists in the preservation of North Dakota historic properties at all levels, and also reviews and comments on federally assisted projects to ensure that historic values are considered in project planning and execution.[3]

State Archives Division

The State Archives is responsible for the documentary collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. It is the official state archives, and acquires and preserves all types of research materials relating to North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains, including manuscript collections, books, periodicals, maps, newspapers, audio and video materials, and photographs.

Museum and Education Division

The Museum and Education Division presents the history of North Dakota through exhibits in the North Dakota Heritage Center as well as in branch museums (such as the Pembina State Museum) and traveling exhibits. The Division staff provide technical assistance on exhibit design and collection care to the public and other museums in the state. The division is responsible for preserving and exhibiting the artifacts in the collection, including approximately 650,000 pieces in the archaeological collection and 43,000 artifacts in the history, ethnology, and natural history collections.

Support Services Division

The Support Services Division provides general supervision of all programs and responsibilities of the agency through the office of the director. Support and coordination are provided through budgeting, accounting, purchasing, personnel services, communications, inventory control, and overall security functions.

List of North Dakota State Historic Sites

Name Town/City County
Bismarck-Deadwood Stage Trail Historic MarkerFlasherMorton
Brenner Crossing State Historic SiteEddy
Camp Hancock State Historic SiteBismarckBurleigh
Cannonball Stage Station State Historic SiteGrant
Chateau de Mores State Historic SiteMedoraBillings
Crowley Flint Quarry State Historic SiteMercer
David Thompson State Historic SiteVerendryeMcHenry
Double Ditch Indian VillageBurleigh
Former North Dakota Executive MansionBismarckBurleigh
Fort Abercrombie State Historic SiteRichland
Fort Buford State Historic SiteWilliams
Fort Clark Trading Post State Historic SiteMercer
Fort Dilts State Historic SiteBowman
Fort Mandan Overlook State Historic SiteMcLean
Fort Ransom State Historic SiteFort RansomRansom
Fort Rice State Historic SiteMorton
Fort Totten State Historic SiteFort TottenBenson
Gingras Trading Post State Historic SitePembina
Hudson Townsite State Historic SiteDickey
Huff Indian Village State Historic SiteMorton
Killdeer Mountain Battlefield State Historic SiteDunn
Lake Jessie State Historic SiteGriggs
Maple Creek Crossing State Historic SiteCass
Medicine Rock State Historic SiteGrant
Menoken Indian Village State Historic SiteBismarckBurleigh
Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive CenterWilliams
Molander Indian Village State Historic SiteOliver
North Dakota Heritage CenterBismarckBurleigh
Oak Lawn Church State Historic SitePembina
Palmer's Spring State Historic SiteBenson
Pembina State MuseumPembinaPembina
Pulver Mounds State Historic SiteMcLean
Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic SiteCooperstownGriggs
St. Claude State Historic SiteNashRolette
Standing Rock State Historic SiteRansom
Steamboat Warehouse Historic MarkerBismarckBurleigh
Stutsman County Courthouse State Historic SiteJamestownStutsman
Sweden State Historic SiteNashWalsh
Turtle Effigy State Historic SiteMercer
Wadeson Cabin State Historic SiteBarnes
Walhalla State Historic SiteWalhallaPembina
Welk Homestead Strasburg Emmons
Whitestone Hill State Historic SiteDickey
Writing Rock State Historical SiteDivide


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