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USS North Dakota: Fourth Grade Lesson The Documents

The Documents

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
  • Congressman Sinclair’s three letters to Mr. Cathro
  • The bill that Congressman Sinclair submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • 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. 

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

The bill that Congressman Sinclair submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The bill that Congressman Sinclair submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The 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.