Happy Birthday North Dakota!

You turn 125 only once. Let's party!

North Dakota will be celebrating 125 years of statehood on Nov. 2, 2014.

Here are 125 ways to celebrate North Dakota's birthday!    

And since we really don't know exactly what Mother Nature thinks of holding a party in November, we're also celebrating on August 16. Click here to watch the invitation from Governor Dalrymple and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple. Plans are underway to develop events to honor our heritage and tell the story of North Dakota throughout 2014. Click here to find out what's in store, and check back often. Also, in a joint effort with the South Dakota Humanities Council and the 125th anniversary committees from the states of North Dakota and South Dakota, the North Dakota Humanities Council will commemorate the states' entry into statehood with a special One Book collaboration. Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris will serve as the joint One Book for the two states in 2014. The humanities councilsthe two states will engage residents in literary programming based on Norris’ New York Times bestselling book, in which she paints “a fine portrait of the High Plains and its people as well as a very personal memoir of a spiritual awakening,” according to Publishers Weekly. 

Norris will conduct a 16-city tour in the Dakotas, making stops in geographically diverse locations, including special joint-state events in Hettinger and Ellendale with “Sense of Place” concerts featuring Jessie Veeder Scofield and Chuck Suchy, with poetry by Kathleen Norris woven through the performances. The full North Dakota tour includes:

  • June 9: Grand Forks (Fire Hall Theater, 7 p.m.)
  • June 10: Ellendale (Ellendale Opera House, 7 p.m.) 125th Joint Event with Frederick, South Dakota featuring a Sense of Place concert
  • June 11: New Rockford (New Rockford Opera House, 7 p.m.)
  • June 12: Minot (Taube Museum, 7 p.m.)
  • June 13: Watford City (Pioneer Museum, 6 p.m.)
  • June 16: Hettinger, ND (Mirror Lake Park, 7 p.m.) 125th Joint Event with Lemmon, South Dakota featuring a Sense of Place concert
  • October 4: Bismarck (Bismarck State College, Campus Read Event, 2 p.m.)

    For more about the North Dakota Humanities Council and the One Book program, visit www.ndhumanities.org/.

    The state will also host a summer event August 16 on the Capitol Grounds in Bismarck. There will be a full day of entertainment:

  • 10:30-11:00 a.m.: North Dakota National Guard 188th Quintet (main stag) 
  • 11:00-11:45: Welcome/opening ceremony (main stage)
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Burning Hills Singers (main stage)
  • 12:15-1: Tigirlily (main stage)
  • 1-2: Dakota Air (side stage)
  • 2:30-3: Keith Bear (side stage)
  • 3-3:45: Jesse Veeder (main stage)
  • 4-5: Robbie Vee (main stage)
  • 5-5:30:  Greg Hager (side stage)
  •  5:45-6:15: Kevin Locke (side stage)
  • 6:30-7:15 p.m.: Chuck Suchy (main stage) 
  • 7:30-8:30: Mitch Malloy (main stage)
  • 8:45-9:45: The Blenders (main stage)
Click here for the latest news about the August 16 event.



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