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Press Release - Living History Field Day Coming Up at Fort Totten State Historic Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 6, 2013
Contact: Nick Gronseth
701.766.4441

Living History Field Day Coming Up at Fort Totten State Historic Site

DEVILS LAKE— More than 300 area seventh grade students will learn about frontier military activities, boarding school trades and American Indian culture during the 21st annual Education Field Day on Monday, Sept. 9 at Fort Totten State Historic Site near Devils Lake. The site will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission.

History demonstrations are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will travel to more than 20 stations of living history demonstrations, activities and exhibits scheduled throughout the day. The fort was built between 1867 and 1873 as a military outpost, but it served for most of its history as an Indian boarding and community school from 1891 to 1959.

Living History Field Day is coordinated by the Fort Totten State Historic Site Foundation and the State Historical Society of North Dakota, which manages the site. The program is open to schools that have pre-registered. There are still openings for students. To register, call the Fort Totten State Historic Site at 701.766.4441. There is a $2 materials fee per student. Students receive study packets for further study in the classroom.

Visitors will also see several exhibits at the site, including a permanent exhibit, Encountering Fort Totten, which features four self-guided itineraries that allow a visitor to follow a single individual throughout the fort, experiencing life at Fort Totten as that person might have lived it during its time as a military post or boarding school for American Indians. The site’s Interpretive Center exhibits highlight Fort Totten’s military history, school history, and the State Historical Society’s efforts to preserve the buildings.

Living History Field Day is sponsored in part by the Devils Lake Kiwanis, the Devils Lake Rotary Club, the Arts Council of the Lake Region, Western State Bank, Altru Clinic Lake Region, Ottertail Power Company, The Devils Lake Journal, N.D. Telephone Company, the Fort Totten State Historic Site Foundation, the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce.

To register a school or for more information, contact the Fort Totten State Historic Site at 701.766.4441.

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