The State Historical Society of North Dakota and its Foundation sponsored its biannual legislative reception at the North Dakota Heritage Center Thursday, January 10, 2013. Several hundred people attended, including some 65 legislators. The highlight of the evening was tours of the construction area conducted by SHSND staff. The reception was also sponsored by the Independent Community Bankers of North Dakota and the North Dakota Grocers Association.
Among those admiring the view of the Northern Lights Atrium are Senators John Warner (D-Ryder), far right, Phil Murphy (D-Portland), second from right, and Dick Dever (R-Bismarck), far left.
The SHSND’s Genia Hesser explains the Governors’ Gallery to a group that includes Rep. Todd Porter (R-Mandan), second from right.
State Paleontologist John Hoganson describes the Geologic Time Gallery to a group that includes Representatives Alon Wieland (R-West Fargo), Bill Devlin (R-Finley) and Gary Paur (R-Gilby).
North Dakota House Speaker Bill Devlin (R-Finley) and his wife, Margie, with SHSND tour guide Sarah Walker as their group walks through the Legislative Hall of Honors, leaving the James River Cafe on their way to the Hub of History.
The SHSND’s Chris Johnson describes the Inspiration Gallery to a group that includes Senators Carolyn Nelson (D-Fargo) and Karen Krebsbach (R-Minot) and Rep. Gary Sukut (R-Williston).
The SHSND's Kim Jondahl talks about the Hub of History with Marnie Piehl of Mandan and her sons, from left, Wyatt, Ryder and Owen.
SHSND Expansion Coordinator Claudia Berg leads a group through the Legislative Hall of Honors that includes Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Department of Human Services Interim Director Maggie Anderson, and former Public Service Commissioner Susan Wefald.
A group that includes Supreme Court Justice Carol Kapsner and Senators Tom Campbell (R-Grafton) and Tony Grindberg (R-Fargo) hears about the Hub of History from the SHSND's Kim Jondahl.
SHSND Expansion Coordinator Claudia Berg describes the Northern Lights Atrium to (left) Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Sen. Joe Miller (R-Park River) that will highlight the east entrance, drawing visitors from the busy adjacent highway.
House Minority Leader Rep. Kenton Onstad (D-Parshall), third from right, and Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Dickinson), fourth from left, are among those listening to the SHSND’s Kim Jondahl describe the Hub of History and Great Plains Theater.