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

Bonanza Farms: The First Farm
The first bonanza farms spurred more investors to put money into North Dakota's growing agriculture-based economy.


During 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.


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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

Listen online at PrairiePublic.org