North Dakota and Minnesota Regional Studies

  • Minnesota Mississippi Headwaters: Itasca State Park, MN

    The headwaters of the Mississippi River near Bemidji, Minnesota have long been a major attraction for summer tourists in Northwestern Minnesota. At Itasca State Park, you can walk on the rocks and over the shallow stream that actually is the headwaters of the great Mississippi River. Learn more about the park in this profile from Prairie Mosaic Shorts. 

    Grades: 4-13+
  • Becker County Historical Society and Museum: Detroit Lakes, MN | Prairie Mosaic Shorts

    The history of the Detroit Lakes area is interesting and unique, thanks to the many lakes surrounding it that have helped shape and develop the area. You can learn all about that history at the Becker County Historical Society and Museum in downtown Detroit Lakes and in this profile from Prairie Mosaic Shorts. 

    Grades: 4-12
  • Settler's Square: Warren, MN

    Settler's Square is a historical society in Marshall County with the mission to keep a history alive. Mike Johnson, the director of the Settler's Square talks about the old country school, Alma Lutheran Church, the agricultural museum on the territory of the historical society.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Runestone Museum: Alexandria, MN

    The mystery of the Kensington Runestone, uneartheed in a farmer's field in the late 1800's, just got a bit cloudier. A renowned geologist has examined the stone and his findings have placed him at odds with prominent skeptics. The stone housed in the Runestone museum in Alexandria Minnesota where you can see and judge it for yourself. Geologist Scott Wolter and anthropologist Michael Michlovich debate.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Welk Barn, Strasburg ND

    All careers begin somewhere, and Lawrence Welk's started on the family homestead farm in south central North Dakota. The original red barn stands not only as a marker for the farm, but as a monument to Welk’s legacy.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park | Two Harbors, MN

    On the banks of Lake Superior, the Civilian Conservation Corps left an indelibily legacy in Gooseberry Falls State Park. The beautifully crafted stone buildings they built at the height of the Depression stand as a testament to their hard work.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Pickwick Mill: Pickwick, MN | Minnesota Legacy Shorts

    The historic Pickwick Mill in downtown Pickwick houses the largest water-driven flour mill in Minnesota. Privately funded and run by volunteers, its style and rich history fascinate vistitors from all over the world. Learn about the cultural and historical legacy of the mill in this Prarie Mosaic Short. 

    Grades: 5-13+
  • Prairie Places | Upstairs, Downstairs

    The video takes the viewer on a behind-the-scenes look at laboratories and storage areas at the North Dakota Heritage Center (NDHC) operated by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. You see archivists, paleontologists, and archaeologists at work processing, preserving, preparing for exhibit and storing some of the huge collections of archival materials, fossils, and excavated artifacts in the holdings at the NDHC. 

    Grades: 4-12
  • Prairie Places | Powers Reserved to the People

    The power of the people is discussed in terms of the initiative and the referendum. 

    Grades: 4-12
  • Prairie Places | "Lucky" Dick Grace

    From his time in the U.S. Navy to his time spent as a stunt man, the video follows the life of "Lucky" Dick Grace and his accomplishments. 

    Grades: 4-12
  • Prairie Places | Fort Union

    Learn about Fort Union that was established in 1829 by American Fur Company.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Prairie Places | Fort Buford

    Fort Buford was established at the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers in the late 1860s, where it served a major role in the Great Sioux War.  Life at the fort was typical of similar forts throughout the plains in the second half of the 19th century.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Prairie Places | Early Autos

    Learn about the history of early automobile manufacturers in North Dakota and the men who built them. The vehicles in early days were built by individuals between 1899 and 1910.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Prairie Places | Chateau De Mores

     

    Watch a guided tour of the Chateau De Mores, early home of the Marquis de Mores, and other historical buildings in Medora, North Dakota. Marquis de Mores and his wife came to Medora in 1883. 

    Grades: 4-12

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