FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 15, 2014
Contact: Bruce Hagen
BISMARCK – The public is invited to attend the annual meeting of the supporters of the Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site in Bismarck. The meeting will be held at the mansion on Thursday, October 23, at 7 p.m. Those interested in supporting the site by joining its support group, the Society for the Preservation of the Former Governors’ Mansion, are encouraged to attend. Annual dues are $5.
The election of board members will take place during the meeting, as well as other Society business. Folk singer Kris Kitko will perform a variety of North Dakota themed songs following the meeting.
The Former Governors’ Mansion will open at 6 p.m. for self-guided tours of the mansion and carriage house prior to the meeting. The Mansion is located at the corner of Fourth Street and Avenue B in Bismarck and is open year-round. Winter hours now in place are the second combined Friday and Saturday of each month from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Built in 1884, the mansion housed 20 chief executives of North Dakota between 1893 and 1960. Unique exhibits feature the restoration process, architectural style changes, and furniture used by several governors. The restored carriage house recreates its exterior appearance in 1903, when it was built. The interior features an exhibit area. The featured exhibit, “From Buckets of Oats to Quarts of Oil,” represents a time of transition from the age of the horse and buggy to the era of the automobile. The site is one of 55 state historic sites managed by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
For more information, contact the State Historical Society at 701.328.2666 or visit the agency’s web site at history.nd.gov.
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Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
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