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Press Release - Public Invited to Witness How Former Governors’ Mansion Reveals its Stories

Contact: Erik Holland

Public Invited to Witness How Former Governors’ Mansion Reveals its Stories

Bismarck—On May 12, 2013, at 2 pm, Johnathan Campbell, site supervisor of the Former Governors’ Mansion and Camp Hancock State Historic Site in Bismarck will present “Sleuthing at the Mansion” in the Missouri River Special Event Center (lobby) of the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. This is the third of the free 2013 Sensational Second Sundays programs offered by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Do you remember being asked by a parent to “stand up straight with your back against the wall” while he or she made a small mark on the wall or door jamb to record how tall you had grown? These marks are evidence about the residents of your house. All buildings contain evidence about occupants.

Campbell has developed the History Sleuth Case Book. Using clues left in the historic Former Governors’ Mansion, Campbell will help the audience connect with the evidence to better understand the mansion and experiences that have taken place within its walls.

This creative approach to visiting a historic house can prepare visitors to look more carefully at the “evidence” they leave behind in their own homes or to recognize family stories that they may have missed. “For students, as well as life-long learners, the use of the concepts of observing, investigating, questioning, collecting evidence, hypothesizing, testing and documenting keeps brains active and opens potential avenues of interest,” Campbell said.

Sensational Second Sundays, free programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota include lectures, concerts, movies and tours providing educational, historic and cultural information and current research. For more information contact Erik Holland, curator of education, at 701.328.2792 or

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