FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 3, 2013
State Historic Sites Open During Federal Government Shutdown
Contact: Diane Rogness
BISMARCK ó State historic sites are managed by the State Historical Society of North Dakota and are not affected by the federal government shutdown. Certain sites are open year-round, including Fort Buford and the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center near Williston; Camp Hancock, limited areas of the State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center, and the Former Governorsí Mansion in Bismarck; Pembina State Museum; the Chateau de Mores Interpretive Center in Medora; and the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site near Cooperstown.
- Fort Buford near Williston is open throughout the winter by appointment only.
- Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center is located 22 miles southwest of Williston at Fort Buford. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. (CT) The Center is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
- The State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center is open year-round. The Heritage Centerís expansion project is underway, which will add 97,000 square feet of museum and storage space. Throughout construction, the Heritage Center and Museum Store will remain open on a daily basis, although the main exhibit areas of the State Museum are closed for renovations until 2014.
- Camp Hancock Museum in Bismarck is open by appointment only for the winter season. The historic site grounds are open year round.
- Former Governorsí Mansion State Historic Site in Bismarck is open the second Friday and Saturday of each month from 1 to 5 p.m.
- Pembina State Museum in Pembina is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CT)
- Chateau de Mores State Historic Site Interpretive Center is open year-round. Interpretive Center winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MT).
- The Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site, located near Cooperstown, ND, is open until Oct. 31 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. From Nov. 1, 2013, through Feb. 28, 2014, visitation will be available by appointment.
For more information, contact the State Historical Society at 701.328.3575 or visit history.nd.gov.