FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2013
Contact: Lorna Meidinger
BISMARCK – A stone church near Souris, ND, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government’s list of properties it considers worthy of preservation and recognition.
Swedish Zion Lutheran Church, also known as the Swede Church and the Stone Church, near Souris in Bottineau County has been recognized as historically significant for its Late Gothic Revival architecture, its role in the settlement of the area, and its ethnic heritage. The first stone was laid in 1903, and the church served an active congregation until 1938. Since that time it has been maintained as a local landmark and a symbol of the Swedish pioneer settlement.
Contrary to some misconceptions about the National Register program, listing in it does not prevent owners from altering their property, restrict the use or sale of the property, or establish times requiring the property must be open to the public. Entry into the National Register of Historic Places does give a property prestige, provides protection from federally assisted projects, and provides eligibility for certain preservation financial incentives.
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