The rich and varied history of North Dakota is shaped by its people across time and place.
The Inspiration Gallery: Yesterday and Today tells the story of our state and its people through a variety of themes that continues to shape our history: Agricultural Innovation; Industry and Energy; Newcomers and Settlement; Conflict and War; Our Lives, Our Communities, and Cultural Expressions. View a map.
Trace the agricultural history of North Dakota. Examine innovations in industry and the impact of energy development. Explore how the state was settled by waves of immigrants and the challenges they faced. Learn about our military tradition, from frontier forts to today’s military engagements. Experience what it means to live in our communities--both rural areas and growing cities. Discover the culture and traditions of various ethnic groups who create the fabric of life in North Dakota.
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Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
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