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Fort Totten State Historic Site - History

Totten and TipisVisitors to Fort Totten will discover an introductory exhibit in the Fort Totten Interpretive Center in the Commissary Storehouse (Building 23). The orientation describes the military, Indian school, and historic preservation activities at Fort Totten. While strolling the parade ground, explore several structures open to the public or view window exhibit panels describing the function of key buildings. Building restoration is ongoing.

The Company Barracks/Main School (Building 14) features a Native American school classroom exhibit and artifacts from Plummer's Mercantile Store of Minnewaukan, North Dakota.

The Hospital/School Cafeteria (Building 7) houses a museum of artifacts from the Lake Region Pioneer Daughters. The Commanding Officer's Quarters later became the Superintendent's Home (Building 3) and is open for tours. The Powder Magazine/School flour storage (Building 9) contains a museum exhibit. The Company Barracks/Boys' Dormitory (Building 11) hosts traveling exhibits and features an audiovisual program about Fort Totten history.

Window exhibits in three buildings display photographs of life at the fort and school. The three buildings are the Second Lieutenant's Quarters/Principal's Office and Print Shop (Building 5), the Quartermaster's Storehouse/Bakery, Laundry, and Harness Shop (Building 10), and the Company Barracks/Boys' Dormitory (Building 12).

Fort Totten State Historic Site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is open year-round as an outdoor museum.

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417 Cavalry Circle
Fort Totten, ND 58335
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Winter Hours (Tuesday of Labor Day Weekend-Memorial Day Weekend):
Weekdays by appointment only

Summer Hours (Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day):
Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Grounds are open year-round, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Contact Fort Totten:
phone: 701.766.4441

Contact SHSND:
phone: 701.328.2666