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  • USS North Dakota: Fourth Grade Lesson -
    The Documents

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    Historians like to find documents that prove the facts of events from the past. The silver service itself stands as one, very large fact about its own history. You can see pictures of the silver dishes on this web page, or you can visit the Heritage Center in Bismarck to see the set.

    Another form of proof that events took place can be found in letters and in such things as laws. Here we have copies of letters that prove that the events you just read about actually took place. The originals are in the State Historical Society Archive in the Heritage Center. You can read:

    Mr. Cathro's letter to Congressman Sinclair
    Mr. Cathro’s letter to
    Congressman Sinclair
    Congressman Sinclair’s first letter to Mr. Cathro
    Congressman Sinclair’s first letter
    to Mr. Cathro
    Congressman Sinclair’s second letter to Mr. Cathro
    Congressman Sinclair’s second letter
    to Mr. Cathro
    Congressman Sinclair’s third letter to Mr. Cathro
    Congressman Sinclair’s third letter
    to Mr. Cathro
    bill submitted by Congressman Sinclair
    The bill that Congressman
    Sinclair submitted to the
    U.S. House of Representatives.
    law passed by both houses allowing silver service to return to North Dakota
    The law that was passed by both
    the House of Representatives and
    the Senate allowing the Navy to
    return the silver service on loan
    to North Dakota.