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Pembina State Museum

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1995, YHR Partners. 805 ND 59
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

The State Historical Society sought to make an investment in tourism for the historic northeastern part of North Dakota. Architecturally, it was an opportunity to make a monumental statement. What emerged was this seven-story tower with an observation deck raised above the flat floodplain of the Red River Valley. The building is capped with a symbolic sculpture of wheat stalks. Sited along I-94 near the Canadian border, the museum’s tower is a landmark for miles and offers views into Canada. Tourism literature asserts that, on a clear day, visitors will have a 360-degree view of a neatly organized patchwork of modern farmlands and evidence of the region’s historic sites, industry, transportation, and communications. The small museum displays the history, culture, and heritage of Pembina and the surrounding region. This area was home to several groups of native peoples, including the Ojibwe, Dakota, Assiniboine, and Cree, who depended on buffalo and wild berries. The region also witnessed the growth of a new cultural group, the Métis, who were descendants of European traders and Indian women.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Pembina State Museum", [Pembina, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 96-96.

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