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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 picking 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 Oct. 10 and 17 to facilitate pick-up of objects.

Please contact Head of Curatorial Services, Melissa Thompson, at methompson@nd.gov to reserve your desired object and arrange a pick up time.

1. 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

2. 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.

3. 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

4. Washing Machine

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Red Electric washing machine.

L: 29"
W: 25"
H: 49"

Unknown history.

Donated by Charles Larson of Mandan, ND in 1953.

5. Balance Scale

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L: 22"
W: 2"
H: 10"

Unknown history.

6. Wood Rake

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L: 3' 4"
W: 4'
H: 5' 8"

Unknown history.

7. Six 10 Ga. Cream Cans

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Soldered seams round base, straight sides, dish lid is removable. Metal handles on each side of neck. "GACKLE CRY" in black paint on neck.


Used by customers to deliver cream to Gackle Creamery.

Donated by the Regan Lumber Company in Logan County in 1993.

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