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Press Release - New State Archives Exhibit explores 125 Years of Statehood

Contact: Kim Jondahl

New State Archives Exhibit explores 125 Years of Statehood

BISMARCK, ND— The State Archives of North Dakota has created a special exhibit exploring 125 years of statehood, open to the public in the North Dakota Heritage Center Sperry Gallery in Bismarck from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The public can view newspapers, documents, film, and photographs that have been collected and preserved from State Archives collections.

This exhibit was developed as part of the state’s 125th anniversary on November 2. Beginning in 1889 and progressing through the past 125 years, the exhibit displays statewide newspapers featuring historical moments throughout North Dakota’s history. Some headlines document the local boys leaving home to go to war in 1917, the horrible heat wave of the Dirty Thirties, the record setting blizzard of 1966, and the population boom of today.

The display also features manuscripts such as the original draft of the state constitution, letters by North Dakota pioneers relating to statehood, and other reports dealing with the creation of the state. Historic photographs provide insight to the capitol buildings throughout the years of statehood. These images show changes on and around the capitol grounds.

Bismarck photographer Frithjof Holmboe captured some events of the early 1900s on film. Holmboe’s film and other important films from early statehood, such as the film of the original capitol burning, are available for viewing in the exhibit. In addition, the exhibit features an example of materials used to research a family history using items found at the State Archives.

In addition to viewing the 125 years of statehood exhibit, the public is invited to attend a 125th North Dakota birthday party and grand opening celebration at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., featuring entertainment, the opening of two new museum galleries, children’s activities, and more. For more information about North Dakota’s 125th celebration and a schedule of November 2 events, visit, and Facebook and Twitter at NorthDakota125.

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