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Museum Information:
NOW OPEN:

The State Museum at the Heritage Center is open! Experience the first two museum galleries. :. The remaining galleries will open Nov. 2, 2014, our grand opening and North Dakota’s 125th anniversary.

The new east front doors and parking lot are now open! You can now enter through the Northern Lights Atrium!

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Exhibits - James Sperry Gallery

Sperry Gallery - Creating Sakakawea

Currently on display in the Sperry Gallery is the Creating Sakakawea exhibit.

For over 200 years Sakakawea has fascinated the American public, becoming a symbol variously for women’s suffrage, manifest destiny, and most recently American Indian cultural inclusivity. She is a blend of legend and mythology balanced on a narrow foundation of historical fact.

More than 100 years ago, the North Dakota Federation of Women’s Clubs decided to recognize Sakakawea by erecting a statue in her honor on the North Dakota Capitol grounds. In 2003 a replica of this statue was placed in the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol, in Washington D.C. as part of ND’s commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

For even more information, images, and resources than present in the Sperry Gallery exhibit, please visit the expanded Creating Sakakawea Online Exhibit.

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