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Press Release - Public Invited to Attend Sensational Sunday Program at ND Heritage Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2014
Contact: Erik Holland

Public Invited to Attend Sensational Sunday Program at ND Heritage Center

BISMARCK—On March 2 at 2 p.m., Elizabeth Pierce, a Bismarck native and a graduate of Century High School, will present “Fiery Dragons Flew across the Sky: The Raids, Settlement and Legacy of the Vikings in the British Isles” in the Missouri River Special Event Center (former lobby) of the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. This is the first of the free 2014 Sensational Sunday programs offered by the State Historical Society of North Dakota and is sponsored in part by Sons of Norway-Sverdrup Lodge 4-107.

Using archaeological and historical sources, Pierce will explore the lives of the Norse raiders and traders in medieval Britain as well as discuss the lasting impact of the Vikings in Britain. Viking raids on the British Isles began in the late eighth century. These raids marked the start of westward expansion by Scandinavians that would reach North America. Descendants of Viking raiders eventually occupied the lands they had raided, becoming farmers, fishermen, and merchants.

Elizabeth Pierce attended the University of Minnesota, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She worked as a journalist in North and South Dakota, including for The Bismarck Tribune. She earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in medieval archaeology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Pierce has taught courses on the archaeology of the Vikings and of early medieval Scotland. She is currently co-authoring a book on the Vikings in the North Atlantic for The History Press.

Sensational Sundays, free programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, are a buffet for the mind. A variety of presentation formats including lectures, concerts, movies, and tours provide an array of engaging, educational, historic, and cultural information and current research. For more information contact Erik Holland, curator of Education at 701.328.2792 or Find a calendar of upcoming events at

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