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Press Release - Former Governorsí Mansion hosts Public Program on Interpreting Historic Buildings

Contact: Johnathan Campbell

Former Governorsí Mansion hosts Public Program on Interpreting Historic Buildings

A free class on interpreting historic buildings used as museums will be held at the Former Governorsí Mansion State Historic Site in Bismarck on May 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. The class is open to the public, and registration is required.

Some historic buildings that currently house museums were initially built for different purposes. For instance, the Former Governorsí Mansion originally served as a home for sitting governors and their families, but now serves as a state historic site open for tours. These types of historic buildings have the potential for providing rich educational experiences. Historic buildings preserved because of architectural style or because well-known persons occupied the buildings may be filled with interesting stories.

Using the Former Governorsí Mansion in Bismarck as the classroom, Site Supervisor Johnathan Campbell and Dani Stuckle, outreach program coordinator with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, will lead a hands-on discussion on telling the story of the building through its functional and decorative changes over time. Interesting stories can be pieced together from the hardware, doors, wear patterns, variety of wallpapers, and even a hole in the floor preserved for generations to come.

Register at eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=16465661236 or email Jcampbell@nd.gov.

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