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Learn About North Dakota's History Online!

We encourage children and adults to explore our free online learning resources available on our website, including those listed below, while our state museums and historic sites are closed until further notice. Our staff remain available by phone (701.328.2666) and email (history@nd.gov) as we continue to serve our communities remotely.

North Dakota Studies

The online curriculum is suitable for all ages. The curriculum is formatted for 4th and 8th grades, but the wealth of materials is of interest to people of all ages.

Chronicling America

Read historic newspapers.

Country School House Project

View a list of over 500 country school houses recorded by "The School Lady."

Digital Horizons

Browse images, documents, video, and oral histories depicting life on the Northern Plains from the late 1800s to today.

Frontier Scout

Read the first newspaper known to have been published in northern Dakota Territory.

Historic County Courthouses

Learn about North Dakota's historic county courthouses, both current and former.

"The Mission of Herman Stern"

Watch this documentary telling the true story of how one North Dakotan made a difference in the lives of over 125 people by rescuing them from Nazi Germany.

North Dakota Blue Books

Learn about the state's political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental history, along with its status when each volume was published.

North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains

Readers can share in the history and culture of the state and northern plains.

Online Exhibits

View our online exhibits, including the North Dakota Night Sky, Lewis and Clark, and more.

Papers From the Past

Explore North Dakota's "history as it happened," told by those who witnessed it.

"The Road to Little Rock"

Watch this documentary telling the story of nine teenagers and one judge who demonstrated enduring positive human qualities of courage, honor, determination, and responsibility.
Elementary Version | Secondary Version

SHSND Photobook

Browse through digitized images in the collections of the North Dakota State Archives.

Social Media

Connect with us on social media, from Facebook to Instagram to YouTube and more.

Vital records

Search an index of select birth, death, marriage, and divorce records.

World War I Memorials and Monuments

Learn about North Dakota's forty-two memorials constructed specifically to commemorate World War I.

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State Museum and Store: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. M-F; Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
We are closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
We are open until noon on Christmas Eve.
State Archives: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. M-F, except state holidays; 2nd Sat. of each month, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
State Historical Society offices: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F, except state holidays.

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email: history@nd.gov

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