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State Historical Society Endowment funds are used exclusively for special projects carried out for the benefit of the public by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. If you would like to donate to a specific project or historic site, please specify when you make your donation.

Learn about ways to make a donation to the State Historical Society.

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Donate Objects to the Museum

All donation services are by appointment only. Call 701.328.2666 to schedule or for more information.

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The State Historical Society is actively collecting objects for its museum collections. View a list of desired objects.

To offer an item for donation to the museum, simply fill out the Potential Acquisition form. Your offer will be e-mailed directly to the museum staff. All items offered for donation to the museum will be reviewed by the Museum Collections Committee to determine if it fulfills the needs of the Society, does not duplicate existing items, and to ensure that the Society can adequately care for the item.

The Society rarely purchases or borrows artifacts/objects. There is minimal funding for purchasing collections. The Society borrows objects only when needed for specific exhibits.

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The State Archives actively acquires, preserves, and makes accessible to researchers historical materials relating to Dakota Territory, North Dakota and the upper Great Plains. The State Archives wishes to acquire for permanent preservation newspapers, letters, diaries, organizational or business records, photographs, maps, and audio/visual materials. Special emphases include agriculture, military, education, Native Americans, ethnic groups, religion, mining/drilling, politics, and social organizations. Should you have knowledge of or wish to donate such material, please fill out the State Archives Potential Donation form.

donate your timeDonate Your Time

Volunteers are essential to the quality of service provided to the public by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. In addition to the thousands of visitors at the North Dakota Heritage Center, Pembina State Museum, and historic sites each year, the agency responds to many inquiries and provides assistance to researchers. At the North Dakota Heritage Center, public areas such as the information desk and museum store are staffed by volunteers, and docents provide museum teaching for visitors.

If you are interested in volunteering for the State Historical Society of North Dakota, please complete the Heritage Volunteer Application Form and submit to the Visitor Services Coordinator.

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