North Dakota Studies Links
Many websites provide information related to the study of North Dakota—and the North Dakota Studies program at the State Historical Society of North Dakota encourages and supports these efforts. The following websites are considered North Dakota Studies-friendly and will help teachers, students, and lifelong learners learn more about our state.
Digital Horizons is an online treasure house of thousands of images, documents, video, and oral histories depicting life on the Northern Plains from the late 1800s to today. Here you'll find a fascinating snapshot of the lives, culture, and history of the people who shaped life on the prairies.
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) is a privately funded, specialized archives providing one of the most comprehensive collections of German-Russian resources in the world. Located at North Dakota State University, the GRHC provides activities and projects including: audio oral history interviews, clothing and textiles, the Dakota Memories Oral History Project, electronic discussion groups, heritage tours to Ukraine and Germany, online resources, outreach programs, photo archives, publications, and translations.
The Library of Congress promotes the “Teaching with Primary Sources Program” and works with elementary and secondary schools to deliver professional development opportunities to help teachers use the Library’s rich reservoir of digitized primary source materials to design challenging, high-quality instruction.
The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) provides excellent educator resources for teachers, students, and families. The MHS has a multitude of online resources to support teachers with lesson development. As one of North Dakota’s sister states, some of the material at the website is helpful in teaching about North Dakota’s history.
The Montana Historical Society offers a host of educational materials for teachers. The Society’s website has useful information for online professional development, National History Day, MT Indian Education, and resources about the state’s middle school textbook, Montana: Stories of the Land.
National History Day in North Dakota (NHD) is a year-long academic organization designed for elementary and secondary school students to research and study historical topics related to a theme. Students choose a topic related to the theme and conduct extensive research through libraries, archives, and museums. NHD in North Dakota is coordinated by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
The National History Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding K–12 American history teachers across the country. In North Dakota, the National History Teacher of the Year Award is coordinated by the North Dakota Studies program at the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) seeks to promote, preserve, and perpetuate the arts in North Dakota. Its goals include deepening citizen arts and cultural engagement through the development of strong leadership; engaging citizen participation in grass roots arts advocacy; and broadening strategies for advancing the arts in K–12 education in North Dakota.
The North Dakota Geological Survey serves as the primary source of geological information for the state. Its mission includes providing public service to the people of North Dakota—and numerous publications, maps, and other information on the geology of North Dakota are available at this website.
The North Dakota Geographic Alliance promotes geographic literacy, fosters innovation in geographic education, and encourages stewardship and conservation of Earth’s resources. North Dakota students and teachers, equipped with geographic knowledge and skills, are empowered global thinkers and problem solvers in an interconnected world.
The North Dakota Humanities Council (NDHC) uses the tools of history, literature, philosophy, ethics, and archeology to illuminate what we as a nation and as individuals stand for and why. The NDHC has created an outstanding educational series, The North Star Dakotan, which provides 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.
The North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies (NDIRS) at North Dakota State University is committed to collecting records on all aspects of the state’s past, especially the Red River Valley region. NDIRS has thousands of photos and other materials showcasing North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains.
This is the official portal for North Dakota state government. The website provides a wealth of information related to government, education, and business. The website highlights North Dakota’s three branches of government, all state agencies, and provides state facts and tourism information.
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. This site is a co-sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, Prairie Public Television, and the North Dakota Humanities Council.
Prairie Public Broadcasting is a trusted public service dedicated to building an exciting and productive future for the prairie and its people. Prairie Public Broadcasting offers a window on the world through national and regional television and radio programming; partners with others to foster education for all ages; and creates a forum for important issues facing our region with locally produced, topical documentaries.
Read North Dakota is dedicated to celebrating and promoting literature about North Dakota. The website is a gateway to a comprehensive resource for North Dakota authors and statewide literary events.
The Theodore Roosevelt Center is dedicated to preserving the legacy of America’s 26th president and has created a presidential digital library that will serve as a repository for all Roosevelt-related documents, photographs, and ephemera, providing instant access via the internet in a well-organized, comprehensible manner.