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

Homesteading - Homesteading Act and the Northern Plains
Originally overlooked as unproductive, the Northern Plains offered opportunity for any
determined person to own free or inexpensive land by homesteading. Land grants to
railroads also provided a source of land for migrants to the prairie.

Overview

Originally overlooked as unproductive, the Northern Plains offered opportunity for any determined person to own free or inexpensive land by homesteading. Land grants to railroads also provided a source of land for migrants to the prairie.

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act and created opportunity for the 372,000 families that poured onto the prairies. The families came for many reasons – a hunger for land, a vision for the future, a longing for adventure, or an interest in profit. Some failed. Some scraped by. Some succeeded and, in the process, put down roots that shaped the region as we know it. Filmed in scenic Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota locations through all four seasons, “Homesteading” blends interviews with historians, the stories told by descendants of homesteaders, and dramatic readings from pioneer diaries and letters to paint a picture of the people who struggled and toiled to create a life for themselves on the prairies.

 

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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


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