"Those who are alive receive a mandate from those who are silent forever. They can fulfill their duties only by trying to reconstruct precisely things as they were and by wresting the past from fictions & legends." -Czeslaw Milosz
Mandan, a railroad town from the start, our hometown adds to its legacy with more commercial and industrial diversity. You are welcome to explore our website and share in our history.
Museum Open for the 2022 Season....
The Mandan Historical Society resumes its seasonal operation of a local historical museum. It is currently staffed on weekends fro 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM through Labor Day 2021. The museum is located on the grounds of the ND State Railroad Museum.
Note the earlier closing time new this year.
"On-demand" tours for specific groups can also be accommodated with prior arrangements. Contact the office at least 7 days in advance via email or telephone.
Individuals and group volunteers are needed to staff the museum. Training will be provided. Please contact the office by telephone or email. All are welcome.
Our annual event - History Harvest 2022 - will be held this year on Sunday August 7 (weather permitting) near the Society's museum on the grounds of the ND State Railroad Museum.
Volunteers were available to interview guests for oral histories, photograph artifacts and scan photographs artifacts relating to Mandan's history. The information gathered will be preserved in the MHSoc archives and made available for research by members, and/or used on its website or used in future museum displays.
Contribute your stories, photos, or artifacts, stay connected and reach out! Contact our Collections Director if you have photos, audio recordings, or other files that will help document our experiences.
New this year, a new outdoor activity will be added - Participants will be given the opportunity to make their OWN BUTTER from raw cream with their own small-scale apparatus similar to the state's pioneer families. Curious on how? Join us for the instructor-led demonstration and find out. Limited space to participate in the demonstration. Pre-registration required starting July 7 from the link posted on this page. But ALL WILL BE WELCOME to watch the fun.
Also new this year will be the introduction of two special mascots for the kids. MANDIANA JOAN and MANDIANA JOE are twin siblings who just love exploring our city's history.
We will be revealing our new mascots over the next couple of weeks - so check back to see more!
On August 7 during History Harvest, tefreshments will be available for kids of ALL AGES.
Operation of our website and online record database, and preservation of relevant artifacts needs more than the time and effort our volunteers provide. Please consider a monetary contribution to the Mandan Historical Society. Donations to our IRS part 501(c) organization may be tax-deductable.
While the city of Mandan is defined by its legal boundaries, the community and historical impact of Mandan knows no limits. Please feel free to express your comments and offer suggestions to our programs, activities and content of our website.
The MHSoc's museum and office is located at 3827 30th Avenue NW; PO Box 98; Mandan, ND 58554 Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org