It is said that the Dunn County Museum holds 100 years of history in its hands. On July 26, 2014, they will take history to a new level.
By Maggie Piatz | Staff WriterIt is said that the Dunn County Museum holds 100 years of history in its hands. On July 26, 2014, they will take history to a new level. The museum grounds will be hosting a family-friendly event to commemorate the July 28, 1864 Civil War battle that changed the course of the people and history of our region.This event will include entertainment for young and old and is like no other held at the museum in the past. The event is sponsored and hosted by the Dunn County Historical Society and Museum. Co-sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Tourism Office. This event is free to all and donations will be appreciated. You can register at www.eventbrite.com/e/150 -years-later-commemorating-the-killdeer-mountian-conflict-tickets-11878491889. Registration is not mandatory; it is to have an idea on how many will be staying for supper at 5:30 p.m. You may also call Deb Lancaster @ 701-260-1650 or Jennifer Strange @ 541-944-4131.The schedule for the day is packed full of educational and fun events from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Opening Ceremony will be held at 9:00 a.m. with a Welcome Table with coffee and muffins. From there the morning moves into the panel discussions and workshops. There are two separate panels from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Diane Rogness Historic Site Manager for the State Historical Society in Bismarck; will make introductory remarks on the History of the Killdeer Mountains and is the moderator for the panel discussion. At 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Tribal Historian for the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation will do an introduction of the Spirit of the Killdeer Mountains and be the moderator for that panel discussion. Also included on the panel discussions is Dakota Goodhouse from the United Tribes Technology Center.Lunch will be provided from 12:30-1:00 p.m. The afternoon is more kid friendly environment when the Educational Fair begins. This Fair includes: Thipi Storytelling, KidZone with Native Games, a Writing Workshop and Open Mic, a Civil War Campsite, Art activities, face painting and Flint Knapping demonstrations.There will be a Roast Buffalo Supper from 6-7 p.m. Followed by a Key Note Address by Dr. Larsen, Professor at Dickinson State University about the History of the Northern pacific Railroad. This will be followed by singing and drumming up until the closing ceremony held at 8-9 p.m.
The museum is also celebrating the completion of the Railroad through Dunn County this year. There will special museum displays and more. David Watkins has completed a Railroad Map that will be one of many items offered for sale. Raffle tickets are offered at the museum during open hours and on September 13, during the 100 Year Centennial Celebration of Dunn Center the winners will be drawn. There will be a quilt wall-hanging by Margaret Green, Sue Powers-Hartman will donate a doll in railroad attire, Chuck Schollmeyer has donated three framed pictures of evening summer scenes, a Commutative Map by David Watkins. It will be a fun day full of days gone by and what it was like to live as our homesteaders and Native Americans did.