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List of Books

Click here for an extended listing of books available through the Museum Store.

Beauty Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Fourth in our series of classic reprints! Our reproduction of this lovely antique book from the collections of the SHSND captures the same beautiful colors and charming graphics as the 1897 original! Limited edition.

$12.95 plus tax

For more information or to order, call Museum Store Manager Rhonda Brown at (701)328-2822 or email at

Vast and Open Plain

The Vast and Open Plain: The Writings of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in North Dakota, 1804-1806

The ULTIMATE RESOURCE of the Corps of Discovery's visit to present-day North Dakota. The Vast and Open Plain: The Writings of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in North Dakota, 1804-1806 features all the journal entries written by the Corps of Discovery for each of the 218 days that the Corps spent in in what is now North Dakota. Edited by Clay Jenkinson, 8" x 10", 648 pages, 90 color and black-and-white illustrations, and 10 original maps.

"This is the most complete text to date regarding Lewis and Clark in North Dakota, a must read for amateur and professional historians alike." - Gerard Baker, Superintendent, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and Corps of Discovery II: 200 Years into the Future

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY! $34.95 paperback add $3.95 s/h, $49.95 hardcover add $3.95 s/h, Wholesale pricing available. Contact Rhonda Brown, Museum Store Manager at or by phone at (701) 328-2822, fax (701) 328-3710.

Prairie Populist

Prairie Populist: The Life and Times of Usher L. Burdick
by Dr. Edward C. Blackorby
(2001) 393 pages, $ 28.95 (Hardcover) ($24.61, members) (ISBN 0-911042-57-1).

Prairie Populist: The Life and Times of Usher L. Burdick by Dr. Edward C. Blackorby tells of Burdick's frontier upbringing on Graham's Island near Devils Lake, North Dakota, and his political career in the North Dakota Legislature and 10 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. It also details the personal side of Burdick's life, including his involvement with the Indian people of the state, his abiding interest in the history of North Dakota, and his family relationships, particularly with his son, Quentin, who served North Dakota as a U.S. Senator for 32 years.

Clason's Green Guide and Map

Clason's North Dakota Green Guide and Map

Originally produced to attract new residents to North Dakota, this reproduction of a 1920 booklet and accompanying map is sure to delight you with the charm of those earlier days. The New Census Edition was originally published at a time in the state's history when highways and trails were being established and improved to accommodate the rapidly growing number of motorists across the country. Some of the roads and towns on the map no longer exist or have been replaced. Booklet: 32 pages, 4 1/8 x 6 1/4 inches, Map: 16 1/8 x 22 1/2 inches. Clason's Green Guide with Map ... $10.95 ($9.31 SHSND Foundation Member Price).

Sacred Beauty

Sacred Beauty: Quillwork of Plains Women
by Mark J. Halvorson
(1998) 30 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 in., acknowledgments, photographs, suggested readings. $6.95 (paper) ($5.91, members).

An exhibit catalog, Sacred Beauty: Quillwork of Plains Women, has been published by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The thirty-page book is full of color images of strikingly beautiful colorful shirts, pipe bags, robes, moccasins, tipi ornaments, and other objects decorated with Northern Plains Indian quillwork, which were all part of a popular 1999 exhibit featured at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck.

The exhibit and the book, both titled Sacred Beauty: Quillwork of Plains Women, feature an exquisite collection of quilled objects from the collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Contemporary examples of quillwork were also borrowed from private collectors. The State Historical Society produced the exhibit, working closely with traditional tribal artists who practice quillwork.

This book offers a permanent reminder of some of the beautifully crafted objects that have never or rarely been exhibited before because of their fragility and light-sensitivity of the dyes used on the quills themselves. Mark Halvorson, Curator of Collections at the State Historical Society of North Dakota, wrote the introduction. It, like the exhibit, explains the process of quillworking, from the collection of the quills from porcupines and birds to the preparation of hides from which objects are made. The 37 color photographs by Todd Strand, Photo Archivist at the State Historical Society, were chosen to illustrate some of the intricate patterns, colors, techniques and uses of quillwork.

Chippewa Beadwork

A'nicina'be Manido' minesikan: Chippewa Beadwork
By Mark J. Halvorson
(1996) 28 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 in., foreword, introduction, photographs, suggested reading. $6.95 (paper) ($5.90, members).

Colorful blossoms, birds, and geometric patterns in beadwork fill the pages of this book inspired by a popular exhibit at the North Dakota Heritage Center and the Pembina State Museum. The exhibit and book feature stunning examples of craftsmanship, creativity, and color, the Chippewa exhibit includes garments, bandolier bags, and other items adorned with glass trade beads sewn in intricate patterns. Several of the outstanding pieces were selected for publication in the exhibit book.

The book, with 26 color photographs, includes a foreword written by Leslie Peltier, an instructor at Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt. The introduction, written by Mark Halvorson, curator of collections research at the State Historical Society of North Dakota, summarizes the history of the Chippewa people in North Dakota and explains the cultural importance of the beads and patterns.

Yuto'keca Transitions

Yuto'keca: Transitions, The Burdick Collection
by Audrey Porsche
(1987) 79 pp., 8 1/2 x 10 in., table of contents, foreword, introduction, bibliography, notes on the collection, photographs. $23.95 (paper) ($20.36, members).

A feast for anyone's eyes, this book displays, in color and black-and-white, magnificent beaded clothing and functional items of Plains Indians acquired by the Burdick family. The items represent mostly Sioux influence. Included is the story of U.S. Representative Usher Burdick and his dedication to Indian cultures, how he acquired many of these items, and the careful notes he kept with his acquisitions. This collection is now at the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Yuto'keca is a Teton Sioux or Lakota word that means change or transition. This collection is replete with creations that reflect the transition to reservation life. A companion poster is available.

Sakakawea Bird Women

Sakakawea, The Bird Woman
by Russell Reid
(1950, 4th ed. 1986) iv + 27 pages, 7 x 8 1/2 in., table of contents, introduction, acknowledgments, dedication, afterword, selected bibliography, photographs, illustrations, maps. $2.50 (paper) ($2.12, members).

The historical account of the woman companion on the Lewis and Clark expedition fills the pages of Sakakawea. Reid, an authority on Lewis and Clark and former superintendent of the State Historical Society, researched the controversies that followed Sakakawea: Did she serve as guide? Why are there variations of her name? And when did she die? In a clear and well- documented study, Reid provides his own interpretations of the few facts surviving about one of the most famous women of early nineteenth-century America. The afterword concentrates on current scholarly debates about Sakakawea.

lewis and clark in north dakota

Lewis and Clark in North Dakota
ed. and annotated by Russell Reid
(1948, 1988) xx + 347 pp., 6 x 9 in., new introduction, acknowledgments, further reading, editor's introduction, index, appendix, illustrations, photographs, maps. $15.95 (paper) ($13.56, members).

A superb example of careful and diligent research, this publication concentrates on the Lewis and Clark travels in North Dakota. Through the explorers' journal entries, readers follow the Missouri River, the changing seasons, and encounters with new people and cultures. The journal entries are easy to read, thanks to the author's extensive but unobtrusive notes about the flora, fauna, geology and geography. Those notes also assist the reader through creative spelling, awkward grammar, and colloquial expressions. This book is a noteworthy travel guide through history.

Early Peoples

Early Peoples of North Dakota
by C.L. Dill
(1983, 1990). iii + 63 pages, 7 x 8 1/2 in., table of contents, note, preface, introduction, suggested reading, glossary, acknowledgments and credits, illustrations, maps. $6 (paper) ($5.10, members).

Written in an easy-to-understand manner, this book follows the history of the first people who lived in and traveled across this area from 11,000 years ago to 1858, when the first fort was built in North Dakota. Tracing nomadic bands to permanent dwellers, Dill outlines where our early inhabitants lived, summarizes their lifestyles, and describes the artifacts they left behind. Black-and-white illustrations enhance the text. Included is a list and descriptions of selected state and national historic sites in North Dakota.

a santee sioux indian boyhood

A Santee Sioux Indian Boyhood
by Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa)
(1902, 1976) xxiii + 289 pages, 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 in., publisher's preface, introduction by Jamake Highwater, introduction by Charles A. Eastman, table of contents, illustrations. $12.95 (cloth) ($11.00, members).

One of the first American Indian biographies written, this book shares the provocative childhood recollections of a mixed-blood Santee Sioux who later became a government physician at the Pine Ridge Agency. Ohiyesa describes his life until age fifteen, beginning with the 1862 Dakota Conflict in Minnesota that sent his family into exile in Canada. From childhood games, campfire legends, harvests and feasts, Ohiyesa weaves the rich fabric of a traditional life that had vanished by the time his book was published.

Beautifully bound, this book will entrance readers while instilling an appreciation of Indian cultures.

fur trade in north dakota

The Fur Trade in North Dakota
ed. by Virginia L. Heidenreich
(1990) iv + 73 pages, 7 x 8 1/2 in., table of contents, acknowledgments, endnotes, suggested reading, about the authors, illustrations, photographs, maps. $7.50 (paper) ($6.38, members).

The impact of the fur trade on American Indian cultures in North Dakota from the 1730s to 1880s is captured in four well-written essays by W. Raymond Wood, C.L. Dill, Gregory S. Camp, and Jacqueline C. Peterson. The essays detail the people, companies, and forts that dominated the era, making a case that the fur trade and encounters with European races were primary factors in the destruction of Indian culture. This book also is an articulate overview of the fur trade, Indian traders, intertribal relations, and interaction between environment and economics.

An exceptional complement to collections on fur trade and history, this book also is an excellent resource on Chippewa and Métis history on the Plains.

career of the marquis de mores

The Career of the Marquis De Mores in the Badlands of North Dakota
by Arnold O. Goplen, ed. by Janet Daley Lysengen
(1994, second revised edition) v + 55 pages, 7 x 8 1/2 in., table of contents, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, endnotes, bibliography, map. $6.50 (paper) ($5.52, members).

The manuscript of The Career of the Marquis de Mores in the Badlands of North Dakota was originally prepared by Arnold O. Goplen, formerly a senior foreman historian with the National Park Service, to guide the accuracy of the restoration and interpretation of the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site in the late 1930s. It first appeared as an article in North Dakota History (January-April 1946). The article was subsequently reprinted as a booklet and was finally issued in an edited version in 1979. In his introduction to the 1979 edition, Larry Remele, former historian/ editor for the State Historical Society, called it "one of the best researched short accounts of an event or personality in the history of North Dakota." This 1994 edition contains changes that were made to reflect modern scholarly style and to note historical information accumulated since the original writing.

aristocracy on the western frontier

Aristocracy On The Western Frontier: The Legacy of the Marquis De Mores
ed. by Virginia Heidenreich-Barber
(1994) iv + 57 pages, 7 x 8 1/2 in., table of contents, introduction, photographs, floor plans, endnotes, suggested reading, about the authors. $6.50 (paper) ($5.90, members).

The legacy of the Marquis de Mores's pioneering vision of meatpacking on the plains has significantly shaped this western edge of North Dakota. Aristocracy on the Western Frontier concentrates on four years, from 1883 when the Marquis de Mores settled in Dakota Territory with his wife and young family until their departure in 1886. Three scholars view the impact of the Marquis and the Marquise on the Medora area historically, and consider the riddle of the family's enduring interest to visitors more than one hundred years later. An accompanying section describes additional sites associated with the Marquis de Mores in Medora.

north dakota state capitol architecture and history

The North Dakota State Capitol: Architecture and History
ed. by Larry Remele
(1989) iii + 64 pages, 7 x 8 1/2 in., introduction, table of contents, acknowledgments, endnotes, suggested reading, about the authors, map, photographs, illustrations. $6.50 (paper) ($5.52, members).

How the existing capitol building grew out of the ashes of its predecessor makes entertaining reading. In three essays, authors Robert Bruegmann, Richard Striner, and L. Martin Perry discuss the impact of political shifts, the Depression, and long-range visions on the plans and construction of the new building. The unique structure reflects New Deal design, a blend of modern and classical styles emphasizing clean, simple lines. The finishing touches include art deco influence.

An architectural gem, the building is unique among capitol buildings with a story that entertains and educates.

visitor's guide to the north dakota capitol grounds

A Visitor's Guide to the North Dakota Capitol Grounds: Buildings, Monuments, and Stones
by Robert F. Biek
(1995) vi + 55 pages, 6 x 9 in., table of contents, preface, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, figures, tables, maps, appendix, endnotes, about the author. $3.00 (paper) ($2.55, members).

A marvelous memento, teaching aid, and particularly useful resource, A Visitor's Guide to the North Dakota Capitol Grounds is packed with photographs and information about the beautiful buildings and monuments found on the capitol mall and the great variety of stones used to create them.

Geologist Robert F. Biek leads visitors on a walking tour of a veritable geological museum, all the while weaving information about geologic, economic, architectural and artistic history. For example, Biek points out the miniscule fossils of marine animals from 350 million years ago now imbedded in the Salem Limestone used throughout the grounds.

FGM History and Preservation

North Dakota's Former Governors' Mansion: Its History and Preservation
ed. by Virginia L. Heidenreich
(1991) iv + 72 pages, 7 x 8 1/2 in., table of contents, acknowledgments, endnotes, suggested reading, about the authors, photographs, floor plans. $7.50 (paper) ($6.38, members).

Home to North Dakota governors from 1893 to 1960, this stately mansion is the subject of a charming book about the building's structure and changing appearances, its occupants, and the process of its restoration as a state historic site.

In essays by Robert Mitchell, Lauren McCroskey, Sheryl O'Donnell and Dan Rylance, readers find wonderful glimpses of the past, reminiscences by former first ladies and their children, and a lively recounting of the events in 1934 that led to North Dakota having four governors in seven months, highlighting Gov. William Langer's tumultuous political career.

every place with a name

Every Place with a Name
ed. by Mark Strand with photographs by Bruce Severy, DuWayne Rude, Fred Schumacher, James R. Dean, Jerry Anderson, Ken Jorgensen and Todd Strand
(1993) 120 pp., 9 1/2 in. x 12 1/2 in., table of contents, introduction, biographical notes, photographs. $18.95 (paper) ($16.11, members).

In 1976, seven young, ambitious photographers visited every place on the map of North Dakota. The result was a collection of 10,000 black-and-white photographs, many of which were presented to the State Historical Society. Now 120 of the best photographs are reproduced in this book. Poignant, humorous, inspiring, these photographs capture a state that no one ever truly leaves.

The book opens with an excerpt, "The Street," from Beyond the Bedroom Wall, Larry Woiwode's novel set in a small town in North Dakota. Then follows more than 100 pages of beautifully reproduced, large photographs. This book is a gift that will please anyone with North Dakota ties.

WPA Book

The WPA Guide to 1930s North Dakota
(1938, 1950, 1977, 1990) xx + 376 pp., 5 3/8 x 8 1/4 in., new introduction, preface, general information, annual events, chronology, bibliography, index, illustrations, photographs, maps. $12.95 (paper) ($11.00, members).

Take a fascinating tour through history with assistance from the WPA. A compilation of everything anyone wanted to know about North Dakota during the Depression years, this guide was the product of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration. Hundreds of writers combed the state, capturing values, beliefs, and customs as well as documentation and descriptions of what existed. Nuggets of treasure leap from the pages, from peony shows to the long-vanished boat dock at Minnewaukan. This 1930s travel guide, with its road tours, is a great companion for history and travel buffs.

nd mini bios

North Dakota Mini-Biography Series
directed by Dr. D. Jerome Tweton — ed. by Larry Remele
(1986) 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 in., preface, bibliographical note, acknowledgments, about the author, photographs. $9 set (paper) ($7.65, members).

This series of nine slender volumes focuses on well-known to obscure individuals who made an impact on North Dakota. Excellent for classroom use, these biographies celebrate the spirit found in North Dakotans. (Individual titles in italics.)

  • The Gentleman from North Dakota: Lynn J. Frazier, governor and senator; by Nels Erickson (39 pp.).
  • Joseph Harris Heckman: Father of Tax-Supported Public Libraries in North Dakota, by Helen L.Porth (20 pp.).
  • Daphna Nygaard: A Woman in Politics, Democratic Committeewoman, by Lois Forrest (32 pp.).
  • Neil C. Macdonald: Schoolman, teacher and state superintendent, by Janice Lookhart Ginger (40 pp.).
  • The Americanization of Christina Hillius: German-Russian Emigrant to North Dakota, by Gordon L. Iseminger (36 pp.).
  • Goodbye to Elbowoods: The Story of Harold and Eva Case, Fort Berthold missionaries, by Christyann Ranck Maxfield (39 pp.).
  • Johanna Knudsen Miller: Pioneer Teacher, by Vito Perrone (40 pp.).
  • The Reformer: George B. Winship, newspaper publisher, by Jack Hagerty (32 pp.).
  • T.H.H. Thoresen: States Attorney, Tax Commissioner, and Lieutenant Governor, by Cynthia T. Selland and Chandice Johnson (32 pp.).

history of the automobile in north dakota

A History of the Automobile in North Dakota to 1911
by Carl F.W. Larson
(1987, 1988) 22 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 in., about the article, about the author, footnotes, photographs. $1.50 (paper) ($1.28, members).

This history documents how the automobile transformed North Dakota. Larson begins with the first self-propelled device, built in Dakota Territory in 1883, and moves quickly to 1897, when the first known automobile appeared. Its popularity encouraged local manufacturing, overall sales, and desires to prove the vehicle's worth in the dread of winter.

First published in North Dakota History, the article was presented the Karl Benz Award by the Society of Automotive Historians for the best periodical article on an automotive topic. Now available separately, The History of the Automobile offers a unique look at North Dakota's early history.

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