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Press Release - Public Invited to Attend North Dakota Heritage Center’s Grand Opening

Contact: Kim Jondahl

Public Invited to Attend North Dakota Heritage Center’s Grand Opening

BISMARCK – The public is invited to attend the grand opening celebration of the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum expansion from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov.2, in conjunction with the state’s 125 anniversary.

Free entertainment, artist demonstrations, and activities for children and adults will take place throughout the day. Find a complete schedule of events at A 50-member choral group, the Heritage Singer of Minot, will perform a special concert at 10:30 a.m. Additional performers will be featured throughout the day.

The public is invited to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon, featuring North Dakota’s governors who championed the expansion project. Governors Allen Olson, George Sinner, Ed Schafer, Senator John Hoeven, and Governor Jack Dalrymple, along with Nancy Guy representing Governor William Guy and Grace Link representing Governor Art Link, will take part in this special ceremony. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer will also be attending the event. The public is invited to participate in cutting the ceremonial ribbon and take a piece of history home.

Two new museum galleries will open to the public during the ribbon cutting ceremony. The Inspiration Gallery: Yesterday and Today will feature exhibits from the 1800s to today. The Governors Gallery, featuring temporary and traveling exhibits, will open with “The Power of the People,” a rural electric cooperatives exhibit sponsored by Touchstone Energy of North Dakota. All four museum galleries and hallway exhibits will be open to the public, as well as a new theater, new outdoor spaces, and more. The new James River Café will also be open featuring specialty coffees, sandwiches, soups, and pastries.

“We have worked a long time on the North Dakota Heritage Center Expansion and are looking forward to the official grand opening of this new addition,” said State Historical Society of North Dakota Director Merl Paaverud. “The dream for the Heritage Center began in 1981. This expansion will provide much needed additional space for collections, exhibits and public services. We are happy that the Heritage Center continues as the hub of history for North Dakota.”

In 2009, this 97,000 square-foot expansion of the State Museum’s exhibit and collection spaces was approved by the Legislative Assembly. The bill appropriated $39.9 million in state funds with an additional $12 million to come from private and other sources, raised by the State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation.

For more information, go to or call 701.328.2666.

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