Welcome to NDStudies.org
The North Dakota Studies regional website offers resources on the people, places, events, and fascinating history of North Dakota and the region for teachers, students, and lifelong learners. A collaboration of the North Dakota Humanities Council (NDHC), the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and the North Central Council for School Television in partnership with Prairie Public, the site provides teaching resources not only for fourth grade, eighth grade, and high school North Dakota Studies classes but also for cross-curricular applications for K-12 classrooms across the region. In addition, you will find photographs, maps, and other primary documents, well-researched and authoritative articles, as well as audio and video clips on the history, culture, and life of the region.
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This Week's Feature
OverviewDuring the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill to create the Pacific Northern Railroad, which passed through central North Dakota. The video discusses how the Northern Pacific Railroad traded land surrounding the railroad for bonds from its investors, which led to those people creating large show farms to demonstrate the fertility of the area and encourage more people to move to the state. North Dakota's sprawling, fertile fields were enticing to investors who may never have actually seen their own farms.
Curriculum and Resources
A Brief History of North Dakota
State History Through the Ages
North Dakota Blue Book Available on Digital Horizons
Past editions of the North Dakota Blue Book are available on Digital Horizons! The Blue Book is easy to use, authoritative, statistical and narrative profile of North Dakota's government, geography, economy and culture, published periodically since 1889.