North Dakota Invests in Heritage

Strategy: Enhance Your Product, Make Your Case

Type of attraction: Historical Society, Museum/Historic Site

Summary: Reaching out to build grassroots support, keeping the governor’s office informed and seeking out champions in the state legislature has paved the way for several ambitious statewide efforts in North Dakota.

 

Reaching out to build grassroots support, keeping the governor’s office informed and seeking out champions in the state legislature has paved the way for several ambitious statewide efforts in North Dakota. 

The State Historical Society of North Dakota has found strong supporters for legislation to authorize a major expansion of the state’s museum, with a groundbreaking planned for the fall of 2010 and a grand opening scheduled for the state’s 125th anniversary in 2014.  Beginning in 2003, the state legislature helped create a Cultural - Heritage Grant program to provide matching grants of up to $20,000 to county and local organizations for museum assessments, project implementation, curatorial care, programs and even scholarships for professional development.  As the program benefits all districts across the state, it has proven to be a popular program with a growing pool of grant dollars.  The program was first authorized in 2003 with $175,000 for a two-year period and was most recently renewed by the state legislature in 2009 with $504,500 for a two-year period, nearly tripling the original budget.