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The State Historical Society of North Dakota is an agency that preserves and presents history through museums and historic sites in the state of North Dakota. The agency operates the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, which serves as a history museum for the state, oversees the preservation of the state's historic places, and presents the history of the state to the public in exhibits and branch museums. The Society also operates the Former North Dakota Executive Mansion in Bismarck.


Headquartered in Bismarck, the State Historical Society consists of one governing board of appointees and four divisions, each with a different function.

State Historical Board

The State Historical Board consists of twelve members. Seven members are appointed by the governor to staggered three-year terms. The current board president is Chester Nelson, the vice president is Gereld Gerntholz, and the secretary is Richard Kloubec. Nelson's term was scheduled to expire on July 1, 2010, pending reappointment by the governor.

Historic Preservation Division

The Historic Preservation Division prepares a statewide historic preservation plan and inventories, evaluates, and nominates sites to be listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The division assists in the preservation of North Dakota historic properties at all levels, and also reviews and comments on federally assisted projects to ensure that historic values are considered in project planning and execution.

State Archives Division

The State Archives is responsible for the documentary collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. It is the official state archives, and acquires and preserves all types of research materials relating to North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains, including manuscript collections, books, periodicals, maps, newspapers, audio and video materials, and photographs.

Museum and Education Division

The Museum and Education Division presents the history of North Dakota through exhibits in the North Dakota Heritage Center as well as in branch museums (such as the Pembina State Museum) and traveling exhibits. The Division staff provide technical assistance on exhibit design and collection care to the public and other museums in the state. The division is responsible for preserving and exhibiting the artifacts in the collection, including approximately 650,000 pieces in the archaeological collection and 43,000 artifacts in the history, ethnology, and natural history collections.

Support Services Division

The Support Services Division provides general supervision of all programs and responsibilities of the agency through the office of the director. Support and coordination are provided through budgeting, accounting, purchasing, personnel services, communications, inventory control, and overall security functions.

List of North Dakota State Historic Sites

Name Town/City County
Bismarck-Deadwood Stage Trail Historic Marker Flasher Morton
Brenner Crossing State Historic Site Eddy
Camp Hancock State Historic Site Bismarck Burleigh
Cannonball Stage Station State Historic Site Grant
Chateau de Mores State Historic Site Medora Billings
Crowley Flint Quarry State Historic Site Mercer
David Thompson State Historic Site Verendrye McHenry
Double Ditch Indian Village Burleigh
Former North Dakota Executive Mansion Bismarck Burleigh
Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site Richland
Fort Buford State Historic Site Williams
Fort Clark Trading Post State Historic Site Mercer
Fort Dilts State Historic Site Bowman
Fort Mandan Overlook State Historic Site McLean
Fort Ransom State Historic Site Fort Ransom Ransom
Fort Rice State Historic Site Morton
Fort Totten State Historic Site Fort Totten Benson
Gingras Trading Post State Historic Site Pembina
Hudson Townsite State Historic Site Dickey
Huff Indian Village State Historic Site Morton
Killdeer Mountain Battlefield State Historic Site Dunn
Lake Jessie State Historic Site Griggs
Maple Creek Crossing State Historic Site Cass
Medicine Rock State Historic Site Grant
Menoken Indian Village State Historic Site Bismarck Burleigh
Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center Williams
Molander Indian Village State Historic Site Oliver
North Dakota Heritage Center Bismarck Burleigh
Oak Lawn Church State Historic Site Pembina
Palmer's Spring State Historic Site Benson
Pembina State Museum Pembina Pembina
Pulver Mounds State Historic Site McLean
Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site Cooperstown Griggs
St. Claude State Historic Site Nash Rolette
Standing Rock State Historic Site Ransom
Steamboat Warehouse Historic Marker Bismarck Burleigh
Stutsman County Courthouse State Historic Site Jamestown Stutsman
Sweden State Historic Site Nash Walsh
Turtle Effigy State Historic Site Mercer
Wadeson Cabin State Historic Site Barnes
Walhalla State Historic Site Walhalla Pembina
Welk Homestead Strasburg Emmons
Whitestone Hill State Historic Site Dickey
Writing Rock State Historical Site Divide
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