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The Seeds of Victory: Home Gardening Posters from the World Wars
Temporary Exhibit
To help the United States win World War I and World War II, civilians made do with less so there would be enough supplies for the armed forces. Planting a garden was encouraged by the federal government to supplement civilian shortages and allow raw materials to be diverted to the military. Through propaganda such as posters, governments and private entities encouraged growing one’s own food. Gardening and canning became patriotic acts.

This exhibit features 34, full-color, war garden posters, Seeds of Victory Poster Example 2reproduced from the originals held by the North Dakota State Archives.

Encountering Fort Totten
Permanent Exhibit
Immerse yourself in history! Choose between following a soldier, a young female Chippewa student, a teacher, or a teenage male Dakota student as you tour the fort grounds. These four self-guided itineraries will allow you to follow a single individual throughout the fort, experiencing life at Fort Totten as that person might have lived it. All four characters are based on oral histories collected from Spirit Lake tribal members and other 19th and 20th Century accounts. Major new exhibits that opened May 16 in the commissary storehouse building will introduce you to the fort during its time as a military post (1867-90) and boarding school for American Indians (1891-1959). Also included in the new exhibits is a section on the preservation of the fort during the last 50 years by the State Historical Society North Dakota. Fort Totten has long been considered one of the best-preserved frontier military posts west of the Mississippi River.

The following slideshow features a preview of what visitors can experience at the Encountering Fort Totten exhibit.

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SE edge of Fort Totten (town)
13 mi. SE of Devils Lake, ND.
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May 23 - September 7
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.
Grounds are open year round.

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phone: (701) 766-4441
fax: (701) 766-1382

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