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Objects from the museum collection in need of new home

The State Historical Society of North Dakota is assessing and evaluating the museum collection to identify items that do not meet our mission. The museum collections committee evaluated items based on their historical value, uniqueness, and usefulness. As a result, we have a few things for which we need to find new homes. Our first responsibility is to find a home for these objects with other educational institutions. These objects are not available for the general public or private collections.

There will be no long holds for these objects. You are responsible for to pick up any items you are interested in obtaining for your institution. We will not have any equipment at the facility to move heavy objects. Mark Halvorson, Curator of Collections Research, will be at our off-site storage facility on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 16 to facilitate pick-up of objects.

Please give Head of Curatorial Services, Melissa Thompson, a call at 701-328-2691 or send an email at to reserve your desired object and arrange a time for pick up.

1. Buggy, single seat piano box with a top

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Steel-tyred wheels with 2 felloe construction; steel hubs, wood axles. Re-painted black color; original upholstery in poor condition, original top, rubber floor mat. Missing maker's plate. Overall in fair condition.

Includes a singletree and a part of a shaft
L: 8 feet
W: 5.5 feet
H: 5' 1"
Box seat: 30" x 15"

Purchased in 1963 from Frank Johnson, Fullerton, ND

2. Phonograph, Victrola

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Disc records, serial #179136G mfg. By Victor talking Machine Co. Camden, N.J. Mahogany finish.

H: 45"
W: 20"

Purchased in 1944 from Mrs. George Little of Bismarck, ND

3. Butter churn

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A hardwood box mounted on four spring steel legs. Box is attached to a wheel on the power shaft. Power shaft has one loose pulley and fly wheel. Box has adjustable baffle plate of wood. One of the first power churns used in the state.

Box: 10 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 16 inches
Base: 15 1/4 x 34 inches

Gift from John Heine of New Salem, ND in 1925

4. Locker box or chest

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The corners are reinforced with metal. It has heavy iron hasp-no padlock. Also, heavy iron carrying handles and straps to bolt chest shut for shipping. The name H.M. Creel USA No 3 is on front side.

L: 38"
W: 21 3/4"
H: 20"

Received from the Adjunct General in 1957. Related to Herber M. Creel.
1877 - 1882 - Lt., 7th Cavalry, U.S.A., stationed at Fort Totten
1882 - ? - businessman at Devils Lake
1897 - North Dakota Senate
1913 - Supervisor at Large, U.S. Indian Service

5. Wrench

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Metal rod, thin hexagon, probably for an automotive. The tip is threaded and has notches around the edge.

L: 33.25"
W: 4.75"
H: 1"

Unknown history

6. School bell from Anamoose

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Cast steel bell, painted black. Stand is cast iron and is painted green.

Diameter: 40"
Height: 24"

Diameter: 40"
Height: 24"

Wood wheel: 54 1/4"

Two cradle arms: Height 30"

Carl Smith acquired from the David Dockter Family of Anamoose, ND. Carl Smith of Devils Lake donated to SHSND in 1975.

7. Luggage rack

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Collapsible rack that would fit on a 1920s automobile running board.

No additional information.

8. Headlights

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Possibly for a Cadillac

No additional information.

9. Coil box for a Ford model T.

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No additional information.

10. Magnetos and lubricators

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No additional information.

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