Hub of History

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Welcome to the ND Heritage Center

Who Works in the Heritage Center

State Historical Society of North Dakota

We are the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND). Established in 1895, our mission is “to identify, preserve, interpret, and promote the heritage of North Dakota and its people.”

SHSND oversees the State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center, the Pembina State Museum, and 55 historic sites located throughout the state. The North Dakota Heritage Center has been our headquarters since 1981.

By providing meaningful opportunities for people of all ages and walks of life to link the past and present, our goal is history for everyone.

  • The past comes alive in our museums and state historic sites. Find what speaks to you. 
  • In the State Archives, the public, students, and scholars have access to our vast collection of resources.
  • Our public programs promote a better understanding of the state’s rich heritage.
  • We assist individuals and organizations with preserving and interpreting their collections.

There are five divisions within SHSND:                                       

  • Administrative Division
  • Archaeology and Historic Preservation Division
  • Communications and Education Division
  • Museum Division
  • State Archives

State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation

The State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation generates private financial support for the State Historical Society’s projects and programs the state legislature cannot fund. It is a private, non-profit organization supported by membership and donations. Foundation dollars have contributed to the building of the North Dakota Heritage Center, as well as other historic sites across the state.

North Dakota Geological Survey

Paleontologists with the North Dakota Geological Survey (NDGS) manage the North Dakota State Fossil Collection, which is housed in the North Dakota Heritage Center. Offices and laboratories for these paleontologists are in the Heritage Center. The NDGS and State Historical Society of North Dakota cooperate in developing fossil exhibits in the Heritage Center and other Historical Society museums in North Dakota. The NDGS and State Historical Society also collaborate to provide educational programming and outreach activities.