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

Prairie Pulse: Dr. Anne Marguerite Coyle - Food, Rehab and Biodiversity
Dr. Coyle discusses eagle diet, the ranges of eagles in ND, rehabilitating injured birds,
the importance of biodiversity, and the DSU Science Seminar Series, as well as her
website undergoldenwings.org.

Overview

Dr. Coyle discusses eagle diet, the ranges of eagles in ND, rehabilitating injured birds, the importance of biodiversity, and the DSU Science Seminar Series, as well as her website undergoldenwings.org. Prairie Pulse host John Harris interviews Dickinson State University biology professor and golden eagle researcher Dr. Anne Marguerite “Margi” Coyle, also known as “eagle lady.” Dr. Coyle tells how she came to study golden eagles in North Dakota, as well as some of the details of her research on these large, majestic birds in the western part of the state.

 

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Homesteading - Weather on the Plains
Hard winters, drought, and hail were some of the challenges that drove homesteaders to give up.

Overview

Hard winters, drought, and hail were some of the challenges that drove homesteaders to give up. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act and created opportunity for the 372,000 families that poured onto the prairies. The families came for many reasons – a hunger for land, a vision for the future, a longing for adventure, or an interest in profit. Some failed. Some scraped by. Some succeeded and, in the process, put down roots that shaped the region as we know it. Filmed in scenic Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota locations through all four seasons, “Homesteading” blends interviews with historians, the stories told by descendants of homesteaders, and dramatic readings from pioneer diaries and letters to paint a picture of the people who struggled and toiled to create a life for themselves on the prairies.

 

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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.

Click here to search Digital Horizons for the "Blue Book."

This Day in ND History


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