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. This online exhibit explores the history of both Sakakawea and the statues she inspired.
French Gratitude Train
North Dakota's French Gratitude Train boxcar is one of forty-three remaining boxcars in the United States. Given to American states by the French people after World War
II, most boxcar's contents have been dispersed over time.
Fortunately, the State Historical Society of North Dakota has retained the majority of the gifts from the North Dakota boxcar. Featured in this exhibit are these examples of everyday
life, childhood, historic treasures, and personal momentos of the French civilian population that endured World War II.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Gardening is a rich field for study, though the records of individual gardeners are thin and scattered. However, the pervasiveness of gardening across time, space, and culture suggest a strong foundation for an exhibit and discussion. Explore the State Historical Society of North Dakota's newest online exhibit to expand your knowledge of gardening in North Dakota.
Lewis and Clark
Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery. Find out how to travel in their footsteps through ND.
Abraham Lincoln never visited what is now North Dakota but his presidency shaped the character of the future state. During the Lincoln presidency, the Dakota Territory was organized and Lincoln signed into law the Homestead Act, providing land for settlers; the Northern Pacific Railroad Act, providing land for a railroad; and the Morrill Act, providing land for agricultural colleges. The land we know as North Dakota would be forever changed by the policies carried out and laws enacted during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln.
North Dakota Governors
Learn about North Dakota's 42 governors, from the first governor of Dakota Territory William A. Jayne in 1861 to our current state governor Jack Dalrymple.
People of the Upper Missouri
This exhibit explores the history of Plains Village Culture along the upper Missouri river, from 1400-1862, specifically that of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara peoples.
Interactive U.S. and world time-lines set a context for local events.
Developed by the State Historical Society of North Dakota in partnership with the Teaching American History Grant Program.