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Press Release - State Historic Preservation Board to Meet April 24

Contact: State Historic Preservation Office

State Historic Preservation Board to Meet April 24

BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Historic Preservation Review Board will meet Friday, April 24 at 10 a.m. in the Lecture Room at the North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck.  The meeting is open to the public. The board reviews nominations to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) prior to their submission to the Keeper of the NRHP for official consideration.

Independence Congregational Church near Mandaree was an important gathering place in Independence on the Fort Berthold Reservation prior to the construction of the Garrison Dam. It is important at the local level as a place that embodied the religious missionary work and cultural convergence. The church is also significant at the national level as testimony of the forced relocation and incredible disruption caused by U.S. government policies.

The Gravesite of Karna (Monson) Hanson in McLean County is being nominated because it is the only surviving place associated with a woman who received medical training in Sweden and brought those skills with her to the prairie of North Dakota. Hanson served as the local doctor and midwife, delivering an entire generation of pioneer children within 20 miles of her home and trying to keep the entire community healthy. Hanson spent 17 years in North Dakota before being buried in 1903 at the age of 75.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s list of properties considered worthy of preservation.  The documentation process for listing demonstrates that the resource is significant in some aspect of the nation’s history.  Contrary to some misconceptions about the National Register program, listing in it does not prevent owners from altering their property, restricting the use or sale of the property, or establish times requiring that the property must be open to the public. Entry into the National Register of Historic Places does give a property prestige, provides protection from federally-assisted projects, and provides eligibility for certain preservation financial incentives.

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