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Geographical Center Historical Society (Rugby, ND 58368-2400)
Stephanie Steinke (Project Director: June 2017 to June 2018)
Jacqueline A. Johnson (Project Director: June 2018 to March 2021)
Preserving and Presenting the History of the Geographical Center of North Dakota, Pierce County, North Dakota

Six digitization events around the community of Rugby, North Dakota, which would aid in the digitization and preservation of historical items from Pierce County. Project outreach would be accomplished through mobile exhibits and digital projects, including short videos about the community’s history, which will be available through the Geographical Center Historical Society. Project staff would gather metadata and permissions from donors, and would coordinate the scanning of documents, film, slides, and photographs.

The goal of the Geographical Center Historical Society’s “Preserving and Presenting the History of the Geographical Center of America, Pierce County, North Dakota” project is to help area residents digitally preserve historic photographs, letters, diaries and other documents and to archive those documents for future reference at Prairie Village Museum, Rugby. The Society will host document scanning events at various locations and at Prairie Village Museum, which is operated by the Society. Using digitized documents and student-conducted interviews, students at Rugby High School will create a video on the region’s early history. Museum staff will use scanned documents to create a mobile exhibit. The video and the exhibit will debut at the Society’s annual Spring Kick-Off and storytelling event. This digitization project is important because it will preserve previously undocumented historical materials and educate the community on the how’s and why’s of preserving the past.

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Project fields:
Immigration History; Public History; Rural Studies

Common Heritage

Preservation and Access

$12,000 (approved)
$12,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 5/31/2019