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NORTH DAKOTA NATIONAL STATUARY HALL COMMISSION

The North Dakota National Statuary Hall Commission was created in 1959 (S. L. 1959, Ch. 366) and consisted of ten members appointed by the Governor. The Commission was chaired by State Representative Murray A. Baldwin. The purpose of the Statuary Hall Commission was to "select a deserving person from the state of North Dakota whose statue shall be placed, along with other great Americans, as the representative of the state of North Dakota in the National Statuary Hall in the United State Capitol building in Washington, D.C." The Commission selected John Burke to represent North Dakota in the National Statuary Hall and commissioned Dr. Avard Fairbanks to sculpt the statue. The Burke statue was installed in the National Statuary Hall on June 27, 1963. The United States Government Printing Office published a book commemorating the dedication of the John Burke statue entitled, Acceptance of the Statue of John Burke, in 1963. A duplicate of the Burke statue is on exhibit on the North Dakota Capitol grounds. The North Dakota Statuary Hall Commission terminated on June 30, 1963.

CHRONOLOGY

1959 Commission created by law.

1963 Statue of John Burke installed in the National Statuary Hall.

1963 Commission terminated.

SERIES

30483 Records, 1959-1961.

SOURCE

Gray, David P. Guide to the North Dakota State Archives, 1985.

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