Happy Birthday North Dakota!
The summer party to celebrate North Dakota’s 125th birthday in August was so much fun the state is partying again in November. The State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center will be the focal point for the Statehood Day celebration on November 2.
Several events are planned for that day, including the official grand opening of the new galleries at the Heritage Center. There will be special programs and entertainment throughout the day.
The 97,000-square-foot, $52 million Heritage Center expansion project has completely revamped the museum. New galleries will let you walk through history dating back to the Ice Age while also allowing you to engage with high-tech interactive exhibits. The final galleries – the Inspiration Gallery: Yesterday and Today, and the Governors Gallery – will open that day. Enjoy performances in the new digital Great Plains Theater, eat lunch at the James River Cafe and enjoy a piece of the state's largest birthday cake as the new museum is officially opened.
As part of the ongoing celebration, the North Dakota Humanities Council will finish up literary programming based on Kathleen Norris’ New York Times bestselling book “Dakota: A Spiritual Geography” 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. A 16-city tour of the Dakotas will wrap up October 4 at 2 p.m. at Bismarck State College.
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