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Press Release - Historic Sites Changing Hours for Fall and Winter

Contact: Diane Rogness
September 10, 2012
701.328.3575 or 701.328.1476

Some State Historic Sites Changing Visitation Hours for Fall and Winter

BISMARCK – The following state historical sites will be closing for the season on September 15: Fort Abercrombie near Fargo and Wahpeton; Fort Totten near Devils Lake; Gingras Trading Post near Walhalla; Whitestone Hill State Historic Site near Kulm; and part of the Chateau de Mores site in Medora.

The following sites are open year-round: State Museum, Camp Hancock, and the Former Governors’ Mansion in Bismarck; Pembina State Museum; the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center near Williston; the Chateau de Mores Interpretive Center in Medora; the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site near Cooperstown; and Fort Buford (by appointment only).

Visitors will find many attractions at North Dakota's state historic sites in fall and winter:

  • The State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, the largest museum in the state, is open year-round. The Heritage Center’s $52 million expansion project is underway, which will nearly double the size of the current facility with the addition of 97,000 square feet. Throughout construction, the Heritage Center will remain open on a daily basis, although the Main Gallery will close for renovation on October 15, 2012. The Northern Lights Lobby, new east entrance, new hallway exhibits, Museum Store, James River Café, Great Plains Theater, Missouri River Events Center, Hub of History, Pembina River Plaza, and renovated Russell Reid Auditorium are scheduled to open in May 2013. The Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time will open in July 2013, with more galleries opening at future dates.
  • Camp Hancock Museum in Bismarck will be open by appointment only, beginning on September 16, 2012. The historic site grounds are open year round.
  • Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site, located in Bismarck, will begin winter visitation hours as of September 16, 2012. The site will be open the second Friday and Saturday of each month from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Pembina State Museum in Pembina begins winter visitation hours on September 16, 2012, and will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. (CT)
  • Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center is located 22 miles southwest of Williston at Fort Buford. Beginning on Sept. 16, 2012, the Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center=s winter visitation hours will be Wednesdays-Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. (CT) The Center is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • At the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, the chateau home in Medora will close for the 2012 season on Sept. 15, but the site’s interpretive center is open year-round. Interpretive Center winter hours are Wednesday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MT).
  • The Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site, located near Cooperstown will be open through Oct. 31, 2012, Thursdays-Saturdays and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. From Nov. 1, 2012, through Feb. 28, 2013, visitation will be available by appointment.
  • Fort Buford near Williston is open throughout the winter by appointment only.

For information about events at these historic sites, contact the State Historical Society at 701.328.1476 or visit

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