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Museum Field Services for North Dakota

Through the State Historical Society of North Dakota’s (SHSND) Field Service Office, historical organizations, museums, and related organizations in North Dakota can access a variety of services and training opportunities. If our staff doesn’t have a ready answer, we usually can help connect you with the organizations or individuals who can help. For more information on these or other field services, contact the Outreach Coordinator, Danielle Stuckle, at 701.328.2794 or email dlstuckle@nd.gov.

Site Visits and Technical Assistance

Historical organizations and museums can access a variety of technical assistance services through our field service program—anything from calling and e-mailing us with basic questions to requesting a site visit. We can answer questions about standards and best practices used in the museum field. We periodically offer workshops and other professional development opportunities. Our staff can also assist you with a variety of self-evaluation programs including: strategic planning; needs assessments; the American Association for State and Local History’s Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPS); the American Alliance of Museum’s Museum Assessment Program (MAP); and Heritage Preservation’s Conservation Assessment Program (CAP).

Traveling Interpretive Exhibits (T.I.E.S)

The SHSND develops traveling exhibits that are available for circulation to libraries, school, museums, and other nonprofit educational institutions. The TIES exhibits cover a range of topics related to North Dakota. Organizations pay a small fee and shipping charges to borrow an exhibit for a six-week period. More information can be found by following this link.

Publications

Issues of the field service newsletter Local Network can be found by following this link. A directory of historical organizations and museums in North Dakota can be found by following this link. If you would like your organization to be added to this list, or if you would like your current information changed or updated, please submit the Annual Update Form.

Lending Library

Historical organizations and museums in North Dakota are eligible to participate in the Lending Library program. Borrowers can request up to two items at a time for a four-week period. A two-week extension may be allowed as long as it does not interfere with other requests. The SHSND will ship materials as needed, but borrowers are responsible for any return shipping expenses. Items may also be returned to the Communication and Education Division at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. More information about the program and a Bibliography can be found by following this link. An application form can be found by following this link.

Local History Awards

The SHSND is seeks nominations annually for the Local History Awards program to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of history. Nominations may be made in three categories: Excellence in Local History; Heritage Profile Honor; and North Dakota Person of History. The annual deadline to submit nominations is the second Friday in July. Awards are reviewed by a committee appointed by the director of the SHSND. Award presentations are made annually during the Governor’s Conference on North Dakota History. More information about the program and nomination forms can be found by following this link.

For more information on these or other field services, contact the Outreach Coordinator, Danielle Stuckle, at 701.328.2794 or email dlstuckle@nd.gov.

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