The preservation of places significant to their heritage has been important to North Dakotans since before establishment of the state. The state's Native American peoples, for example, had maintained shrines and traditional cultural properties long before the arrival of Euro-Americans. In December of 1873, within months of the founding of Bismarck, settlers formed the Burleigh County Pioneer Association and within a year published a pamphlet which included a history of the city. In the eastern part of the state, the Red River Valley Old Settlers Association was formed at Grand Forks in 1879. The professed motive of both groups was the preservation of the early history of their particular regions.
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612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
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