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Manuscripts by Subject - Family / Local History - #11193

Title: Buffalo Trails Museum Oral History and Film

Dates: 1949-2007

Collection Number:  MSS 11193

Quantity: 1.5 feet

Abstract: Consists of cassette tapes and some transcripts of interviews of pioneers from Epping and the surrounding area. Also includes three 16mm films from the Lloyd Bjella family of area events and vacations to California and Canada, including the Epping High School band performing in the Calgary Stampede parade.

Provenance: The collection was donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Shelly Alexander of the Buffalo Trails Museum in 2013. The project originated as part of the Bicentennial Oral History Project from the 1970s. Interviews went beyond this project and it was determined to create a separate collection. The Bjella film was brought to Ms. Alexander by Greg Bjella.

Property rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to the collection.

Copyrights:  Copyrights to materials in this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs.  Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code and an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.

Related Collection:
10157 North Dakota Oral History Project, 1973-1977


Box 1:

1 Anna Hiepler  March 4, 1971
Carl M. Hodenfield August 27, 1983
Otto Melland
Tollof Bjella
Sophie Thorseth
Lillian Post August 23, 1976
Elmer Johnsrud August 23, 1976
Charlie Alexander August 2, 1971
Nelly Barwick

2 Nels Berger & Tilla (Melland) Berger
Mabel Torkelson (songs) 1983
Erma (Hedin) Goudy
Joe Pancerzewski
Joe Tancre
Art Jackman
Lloyd Hartsock

3 Bjorne Hove October 28, 1978
Al F. Ginther (violin music)
Max Miller
Lucy Vandeberg
Sophie Thorseth
Nels Berger
Charlie Alexander
Peter Slingsly 1983
Mabel Torkelson (2 tapes) April 15, 1980

4 Simon Pepper  Dec. 2, 1978
Tollef Bjella
Otto Melland
Katherine Carscallen  April 15, 1974
Albert Gamache  04/15/1974

5 Transcripts of interviews with Carl Hodenfield, Anna Hiepler, Albert Gamache

Film Can/Segment/Description/Date

Film can 1:
001  Rodeo in color 03:52; rodeo and trick rider in b/w 01:39 1950-1952
002  Epping Fire Department, washing fire truck 00:15
003  Epping Dam, b/w 02:10; possibly dedication ceremony and activities
004  Church choir and wedding, color, 00.25
005  “Lloyd singing,” Epping Dam, band parade and performance, possibly in Williston

Film can 2:
001  Bev and Arley’s wedding, over-exposed film, 00:17
002  Lloyd at Redwood Forest California and other locations
003  Horse Races in California
004  Hoover Dam
005  Ilah and Lanceford Wedding, Epping
006  Sydney, MT rodeo
007  Epping school band 1949
008  J. V. Thomas Caterpiller moving snow

Film can 3:
001  Calgary Stampede – Epping and Alamo bands in parade; views of Calgary; band picnic; swimming in pool; practicing by school; another band performing in stadium; other parade views and stampede 1955

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