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A Summary of State History and A Chronology of Events from 9500 BC to AD 1988



North Dakota Studies provides teaching and learning materials about the geography, history, government, current issues, and citizenship of North Dakota. This web site provides a host of resources for students, teachers, and the public and is a collaborative effort of the North Dakota Studies Project and the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

ND Indian Studies Online Curriculum Guides
Collaboration with the ND Indian Affairs Commission

The North Dakota Studies newsletter is distributed to students, teachers, schools, and libraries throughout North Dakota.

Current Issue:
North Dakota Studies Volume 11-2 Spring 2019


I received the Early Peoples trunk today, and I just wanted to say how amazing it is! Thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful teaching tool.

Jacob Hellman
Stanley Elementary 4th Grade

A program of the Communications and Education Division of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, these thematic trunks provide hands-on experiences for learners of all ages.

North Dakota Studies Trunks can be used by schools, libraries, historical societies, retirement homes, or community groups. Artifacts, photographs, and documents contained in the trunks may create dialogues for a more comprehensive understanding of the work of historians in piecing together the tangible evidence of the past.

Download the North Dakota Studies Trunks application form.


Digital HorizonsAn online collection of photographs, letters, diaries, maps, newspapers, moving images, and audio files, from the collections of North Dakota State University, Concordia College, Prairie Public, and the SHSND powered by the software, CONTENTdm.


NHD logoNation History Day (NHD) is a year-long education program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and research papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national competitions.

Click here for finding aids on this year's theme in North Dakota history


A number of primary document sets have been developed to accompany and assist with the articles in the North Dakota History: Readings about the Northern Plains State textbook. These documents, chosen to tell the story about particular historic events through the eyes of those who lived in the past, are intended to provide further research, inquiry, and understanding for students and teachers investigating the fascinating history of North Dakota.

The original manuscripts, photographs, maps, and artifacts for the document sets are located in the archives of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck.

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