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The mission of the Bismarck Historical Society is to learn, preserve, and promote the history of Bismarck.






Upcoming Programs:


December 9

"Bloody Fourth Street" Walt Bailey will discuss the bloody beginnings of the downtown area on and around 4th Street when Bismarck was declared the "Murder Capital of the West." Hear how the town was during the time Custer and his troops were here.


January 13 

John Paul Martin brings the history of the Weather Bureau to life as he explains the transition of Camp Hancock into the first weather bureau and the advancement of weather reporting.


February 10

The program is based on the book, Building a House, Making a Home: A History of the Dakota Governors' Residence by First Lady Betsy Dalrymple. Several women who have lived at the residence will discuss how each family made the residence a home.


March 9

Ed Murphy from the North Dakota Geological Society will discuss the difficulty of putting bridges across the Missouri River and will target the history of the railroad bridge as an example.


April 13

Marilyn Snyder will present newly found material on the history of the two major fires in Bismarck -- the Great Fire of 1898 and the burning of the Capitol -- as well as information on events and people from the Bismarck Fire Department's history.


May 14

Get ready to celebrate the 145th anniversary of the founding of Bismarck at the new Heritage Center!



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