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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

It's All Earth and Sky - The Traits of Germans from Russia
Frugal, yet generous, hard working, stubborn, family oriented, and entrepreneurial are some of the
characteristics given to describe Germans from Russia.

Overview

Frugal, yet generous, hard working, stubborn, family oriented, and entrepreneurial are some of the characteristics given and described.

“It’s all earth and sky!” was the reaction of one German-Russian immigrant when she arrived on the plains of the Upper Midwest. Like many others who came to the region seeking a land of promise and opportunity, she and her family endured – and prevailed – on this rich, expansive landscape. Immigration implies departure, as well as arrival. Transport from one country to another may mean deportation; it inescapably includes exile whether voluntary or forced, and brings disruption to families in the old country and in the new. Immigrants require courage and fortitude, even when they are weak and poor. Like many others who have come here, Germans from Russia have suffered, and they have overcome. Since their background and history is as rich in texture as it is in diversity, they serve here as a model of assimilation of other ethnic groups into American society. Five representative Germans from Russia, Arthur Flegel, Debra Marquart, Al Neuharth, Henry Schmick and Brian Schweitzer, who have all attained success in their lives, share their insights on the process of becoming American.

 

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Dakota Datebook: The CCC at Fort Abraham Lincoln
A brief description of some work done in North Dakota during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Overview

A radio clip from Dakota Datebook, "The CCC at Fort Abraham Lincoln" covers the work projects created by President Franklin Roosevelt through the Civilian Conservation Corps in April of 1933. The CCC project at Fort Abraham Lincoln focused on new buildings and restoring the famous earth lodges.

 

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Visit North Dakota and Minnesota Regional Studies Collection on PBS LearningMedia

North Dakota and Minnesota Regional Studies collection offers resources on the people, places, events, and fascinating history of North Dakota and Minnesota for teachers, students, and lifelong learners.

North Dakota Blue Book Available on Digital Horizons

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