Members of the State Historical Society urged lawmakers Monday to support a bill that would provide $30 million for an expansion of the state Heritage Center. Lawmakers on the Education and Environment Division of the House Appropriations Committee heard testimony on a bill modeled on the governor's budget that includes $18 million in state funds and $12 million in private donations to pay for the expansion.
The North Dakota Heritage Center would become a "beacon on the prairie" and the "Smithsonian of the Plains" if it's expanded, supporters told a House committee Monday. The $30 million first phase of a 97,000 squarer-foot addition would be fronted by the Northern Lights Atrium, a large glass cube facing east toward the State Street entrance to the Capitol Grounds. If backers get the hoped-for appropriation from the Legislature, it would open in 2014, the state's 125th birthday.
Bismarck Tribune Editorial: The North Dakota Heritage Center should be taken to the next level. The plan has been set out. A "Smithsonian on the Prairie" would be created by adding a 97,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art addition to the North Dakota Heritage Center, in time for the 125th anniversary of statehood in 2014. It would cost $52.4 million.
On December 3, Governor John Hoeven authorized $30 million for the expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center. In his 2009-11 Budget Recommendation the Governor provided for $18 million for the project from the general fund and $12 million from special funds to be raised by the agency, for construction of an addition to the Heritage Center.
More than 300 people from across North Dakota joined the State Historical Society of North Dakota and its Foundation at eight luncheons across the North Dakota during October to see the unveiling of the proposed designs for the expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center.
Efforts to enhance the interpretation of North Dakota's history are receiving a roaring boost from North Dakota's Lions Clubs. On October 30, the delegates to the 2008 State Lions Convention passed a resolution to support the expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center.
BISMARCK, ND - New architectural designs and a detailed model showing the second phase of expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center are being unveiled at eight luncheons across the state this month. The luncheons, sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND) and its Foundation, will show detailed design concepts for the $52.4 million expansion project. The 2007 North Dakota Legislature appropriated $1.5 million for the expanded designs for the 97,000-square-foot-addition.
A Passport to North Dakota History, a traveler's guide to North Dakota historic sites, has been republished with a $25,000 donation from Tesoro. This document was designed with dozens of partners and a development grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) U.S. Forest Service.