New SHSND traveling exhibit
"Prairie Churches" runs Aug 12 - Sept 15 at Dakota Buttes Museum - Free bus tour Sept. 6
It's there in building two for all to see . . . the new traveling exhibit from the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND), Prairie Churches, now on display through September 15 at the Dakota Buttes Museum in southeast Hettinger.
The Prairie Churches exhibit is sponsored by Preservation North Dakota, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota. It is free and open to the public.
Consisting of 26 large panels presenting a selection of images and information about geographic areas, architectural styles, cultural and religious diversity, and preservation efforts within North Dakota, the new exhibit is sure to bring back memories of the hard work and dedication of early pioneers who carved out a place to live as well as a place to worship.
North Dakota has a rich legacy of ethnically and architecturally diverse historic churches. In addition to their importance as places of worship, these churches are beloved community landmarks, significant symbols of cultural heritage in North Dakota, repositories of artifacts, and important architectural or artistic monuments. All are represented in this 2015 season special exhibit.
The exhibit may be viewed during regular summer hours of the museum (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm MDT), as well as by appointment. Church groups and other groups interested in setting up a special time to view the exhibit, are invited to call 701-567-2771. Leave a message and museum personnel will return your call.
As part of the special exhibit, the Dakota Buttes Historical Society/Museum is sponsoring a free bus tour of selected churches in Adams County on Sunday afternoon, September 6. Call ahead (701-567-2771) to reserve a space on the bus; then be at the museum before 1:30 pm that day. The tour will end at the last remaining active country church in Adams County, Richland Lutheran Church, where tour members will participate in a hymn sing followed by complimentary food and shared fellowship.
Set in northeast Adams County, the original Richland Lutheran Church was built west of the present day structure on Cemetery Road. After a lightning fire destroyed this building in 1933, it was rebuilt in 1941 in its present location. It remains the last active country church in Adams County. On September 6 at the end of the Prairie Churches bus tour, the present-day congregation will host a hymn sing, food and fellowship gathering at the church. All events are free and open to the public.