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Press Release - Pembina State Museum's Holiday Open House Dec. 9

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 26, 2012
Contact: Jeff Blanchard

Afternoon of Good Cheer Planned at Pembina State Museum's Holiday Open House

PEMBINA – The Pembina State Museum will welcome the winter holiday season during its ninth annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors can make their own Christmas ornaments and decorate the tree. Music will be provided by the Stegman family from Neche, and crafts and games for children will be available.

All events, including admission to the seven-story observation tower that overlooks the Red River Valley, are free and open to the public. The open house is sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the Fort Pembina Historical Society.

Members of the Fort Pembina Historical Society will supply holiday goodies, coffee, and cider. They will also be on hand to answer questions about the organization and give updates on the group's ongoing project to restore the Ukrainian Orthodox Church located in Pembina.

Managed by the State Historical Society, the 12,000-square-foot Pembina State Museum houses 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 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 and Hidatsa gardeners to the modern NDSU 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.

Two of the Pembina State Museum's unique features are a seven-story observation tower that offers visitors a beautiful view of the Red River Valley and a Travel Information Center.

The Pembina State Museum is located off Exit 215 on I-29 at Pembina, ND. Admission is free. There is no charge for children ages 12 and under to visit the observation tower. The tower charge for youth ages 13 to 18 is 50 cents, and $2 for adults. It is open year-round, closed on New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For more information, call the Pembina State Museum at 701.825.6840 or visit the State Historical Society of North Dakota's web site at

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