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Historical Society receives federal funding

By Staff | Sep 29, 2017

Prairie Village Museum, Rugby (File photo)

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp last week announced three federal grants totaling over $72,000 to support preservation and strategic planning needs for three North Dakota museums – the Geographical Center History Society in Rugby, Lake Region Heritage Center in Devils Lake, and the Gateway to Science Center in Bismarck.

“Preserving and protecting North Dakota history is key in educating the next generation of North Dakotans to learn from our past and understand the culture and heritage of our state,” said Heitkamp. “The work museums, libraries, and science centers do for our communities provide interactive and learning opportunities. These federal funds will support the two museums in Rugby and Devils Lake as well as the Science Center in Bismarck.”

The federal funding will be distributed as follows:

– Geographical Center Historical Society, Rugby: $25,000 in federal funding to improve preservation for its archives, library, research, and photo collections.

– Lake Region Heritage Center, Devils Lake: $24,383 in federal funding to implement a disaster response plan to protect the museum’s archives.


– Gateway to Science Center, Bismarck: $23,322 in federal funding to build a strategic plan that will allow them to grow well into the future.

These federal funds are made available through the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America Grant program. This federal grant program supports learning experiences the museums have to offer, promotes a museum’s role in the community, and helps to protect and manage a museum’s collection.

During the summer of 2017, Heitkamp highlighted the work that North Dakota’s local museums do in protecting and honoring the state’s heritage. Heitkamp visited the Hebron Museum that shines a light on the local history of the northern prairie where she met with staff and state historical experts. Additionally, in April, Heitkamp announced that the Prairie Village Museum in Rugby was selected as one of the 65 museums, libraries, and universities from across the country to participate in the Library for America’s World War I and America program that works to educate folks about the sacrifices of America’s men and women during World War I.

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