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Press Release - MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAMS SCHEDULED FOR PEMBINA STATE MUSEUM MAY 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2013
Contact: Jeff Blanchard
701.825.6840

MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAMS SCHEDULED FOR PEMBINA STATE MUSEUM MAY 27e

PEMBINA – A series of programs commemorating Memorial Day will take place at the Pembina State Museum Monday, May 27. All programs are free and open to the public.

The day’s events begin with a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. in the Pembina State Museum, which is managed by the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND). Participants in the ceremony will include the Kern-Thompson American Legion Post 77 of Pembina, Canadian Legion Posts, and families of prisoners of war, those missing in action, and soldiers deceased.

The ceremony will be followed by visitation to area gravesites, where wreaths will be laid by a Legion Honor Guard, and a wreath ceremony on the Pembina River Bridge, honoring those lost at sea. Lunch will be served by the Legion Auxiliary in the Pembina Community Center following the visitations.

The day’s programs are sponsored by the SHSND and the Kern-Thompson American Legion Post 77.

The Pembina State Museum is a 12,000 square-foot facility housing two museum galleries. The permanent exhibit gallery features 100 million years of regional history from the Cretaceous Period to contemporary times. The second gallery houses temporary and traveling exhibits highlighting regional and state history.

Visitors will also see the exhibit, How Does Your Garden Grow? Gardening in North Dakota. Short growing seasons and cold winters have always challenged North Dakota gardeners. From native Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara gardeners to the modern North Dakota State University extension offices, people have worked to produce fruit and vegetable varieties that are cold-hardy, fast-growing, and drought resistant. This exhibit follows a garden’s progress from planting, to harvest, and finally preservation. Historic garden implements and original seed catalogs are featured. How Does Your Garden Grow? won a 2011 Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History in the special project category.

The Pembina State Museum is located at Exit 215 off Interstate 29, is open year-round. It is closed only on New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, call the Pembina State Museum at 701.825.6840 or visit the SHSND’s web site at www.history.nd.gov.

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