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Archaeology & Historic Preservation Division

The Archaeology & Historic Preservation Division provides for the preparation of a statewide historic preservation plan, and inventories, evaluates, and nominates sites for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The division assists in the preservation of historic properties at all levels, and reviews and comments to sponsoring agencies on federally assisted projects to assure that historic values are considered in project planning and execution. Information on National Park Service cultural resources technical assistance.

The Division also provides for interpretation, programming, maintenance, repair, and operational control for all land and buildings in the custody of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, which includes fifty-six state historic sites. The division is responsible for constructing interpretive and visitor use facilities and implementing plans and recommendations relating to the historic preservation of sites and buildings.

The division is responsible for preserving and curating approximately 12 million artifacts in the archaeological collection representing 13,000 years of human history.

STAFF
  • Blanchard, Jeff, Pembina State Museum Site Supervisor
  • Bleier, Amy C., Research Archaeologist
  • Eley, Nancy L., Administrative Assistant
  • Finsaas, Kerry, Fort Buford Assistant Site Supervisor
  • Gronseth, Nick, Fort Totten State Historic Site Supervisor
  • Ham, James E., Whitestone Hill Site Supervisor
  • Jensen, Lloyd W., Construction Manager
  • Kerr, Samuel, Chateau Site Supervisor
  • Linn, Thomas C., Architectural Project Manager
  • Meidinger, Lorna, Architectural Historian
  • Munson, Amy Rouleau, Grants & Contracts Officer
  • Murray, Wendi Field, Archaeologist/Collections Manager
  • Picha, Paul R., Chief Archeologist
  • Quinnell, Susan, Review and Compliance Coordinator
  • Reed, Timothy A., Research Archeologist
  • Reidburn, Steve, Fort Buford/Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center
  • Rogness, Diane M., Historic Sites Manager
  • Schoenfelder, Meagan, Collections Assistant
  • Steckler, Lisa L., CLG Coordinator
  • Sundlov, Mark, Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site Supervisor
  • Swenson, Fern E., Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and Division Director
Communications, Marketing and Education

The Division provides communications and marketing services and educational outreach by interpreting the collections and work of the Society to the public. Responsible for public programs for adults and children, school programs, field services, publications and and the volunteer/facility program, the Division staff bring North Dakota history to life for thousands of people.

STAFF
  • Berreth-Smokey, Pamela K., Hub of History Coordinator
  • Campbell, Beth E., Visitor Services Coordinator
  • Davison, Kathy K., Editor
  • Hellman, Deborah K., Communications Assistant
  • Holland, Erik, Curator of Education
  • Johnson, Angela M., New Media Specialist
  • Johnson, Bonnie, Assistant Editor
  • Jondahl, Kimberly H., Communications and Education Director
  • Mayer, David A., Information Systems Administrator
  • Reinbold, Toni, Guest Services
  • Rockeman, Jessica L., Digital Media Developer
  • Stone, Kiri, Administrative Assistant
  • Stuckle, Danielle, Outreach Program Coordinator
Museum Division

The Museum Division presents the history of North Dakota through exhibits in the North Dakota Heritage Center and in branch museums, as well as through traveling exhibits. The Division staff provide technical assistance on exhibit design and collection care to the public and other museums in the state. The division is responsible for preserving and exhibiting the artifacts in the collection, including 43,000 artifacts in the history, ethnology, and natural history collections.

STAFF
  • Austin, Brian R., Graphic Services Coordinator
  • Halvorson, Mark J., Curator of Collections Research
  • Hesser, Genia, Curator of Exhibits
  • Johnson, Christopher L., Museum Director
  • Kerr, Andrew, Assistant Preparator
  • Stone, Kiri, Administrative Assistant
  • Thorson, Len C., Registrar
  • Yearous, Jenny Dee, Curator of Collections Management
  • Thompson, Melissa, Collections Assistant
  • Turnbow, Bryan, Preparator
State Archives

The State Archives preserves and makes accessible records of North Dakota government of enduring value and is responsible for acquiring and preserving the other documentary holdings of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Available are books, newspapers, maps, photographs, motion picture films, tape recordings, archives and manuscripts, and other historical materials for the use of both staff and the general public through reference services and programs of preservation.

STAFF
  • Baker, Gene R., Computer Network Specialist II
  • Bjorness, Virginia, Cataloger
  • Davis, Jim A., Head, Reference Services
  • Harrison, Larissa D., Archives Specialist
  • Jenks, Ann B., State Archivist and Division Director
  • Jennings, Pat, Microfilm Specialist
  • Molander, Shane A., Deputy State Archivist
  • Schultz, Emily E., Archives Specialist
  • Silengo, Sharon A., Photo Archivist
  • Walker, Sarah, Reference Specialist
  • White, Rachel E., Head, Technical Services
  • Wysk, Greg, Reference Specialist
Support Services Division

The Support Services Division provides general supervision of all programs and responsibilities of the agency through the office of the director. Support and coordination are provided through budgeting, accounting, purchasing, personnel services, communications, inventory control, concession sales, and overall security functions.

STAFF
  • Berg, Claudia J., New Initiatives and Expansion Coordinator
  • Brown, Rhonda R., Museum Store Manager
  • Hinman, Guinn L., Administrative Assistant
  • Historical Society Security
    • Baumgartner, Paul, Electronics Technician
    • Beltz, George, Security Officer
    • Edwards, Duane, Assistant Security Supervisor
    • Newton, Blair, Instrument Technician
    • Olmsted, Craig, Security Officer
    • Schlecht, David, Security Officer
    • Stock, Tim, Security Supervisor
  • Houn, Erica, Account Technician
  • Hunt, Deb R., Administrative Assistant
  • Paaverud, Merlan E., Jr., Director
  • Schonert, Pam, Administrative Assistant
  • Skalsky, David C., Assistant Director
  • Warner, Ron P., Administrative Officer

Address:
612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
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Hours:
Museum Store: 8am - 5pm M-F; Sat. & Sun. 10am - 5pm.
State Archives: 8am - 4:30pm., M-F, except state holidays, and 2nd Sat. of each month, 10am - 4:30 pm.
State Historical Society offices: 8am - 5pm M-F, except state holidays.

Contact Us:
phone: (701) 328-2666
fax: (701) 328-3710
email: histsoc@nd.gov