Bonanzaville - Cass County Historical Society

Bonanzaville - Cass County Historical Society Bonanzaville is a pioneer village and museum located in West Fargo, ND with one of North Dakota's largest collections. There is something for everyone.

Bonanzaville is operated by the Cass County Historical Society, with a mission to interpret the heritage of the Red River Valley. It is the region’s largest historical attraction with 43 historic buildings and more than 400,000 artifacts. Our collection includes a car museum, air museum, tractor museum, carriage museum, and so much more.

Happy Feature Friday everyone!!! The Antiques Roadshow truck is in town and we can't wait for tomorrow!!!Just a reminder...
05/31/2019

Happy Feature Friday everyone!!! The Antiques Roadshow truck is in town and we can't wait for tomorrow!!!

Just a reminder, Bonanzaville's museum and Pioneer Village are closed to the public today and tomorrow. We will be open as normal on Sunday, 12pm to 5pm.

Happy Feature Friday! In honor of Memorial Day weekend, we wanted to pull an item from our military collection. This ban...
05/24/2019

Happy Feature Friday!

In honor of Memorial Day weekend, we wanted to pull an item from our military collection. This banner, donated by Glen Rott and Walter E. Byers was made by men serving in 164th Infantry Regiment of the North Dakota National Guard during WWII (34th Inf). It comes from the time they spent training at Camp Claiborne in Louisiana, 1941.

Camp Claiborne was activated in 1940 and between 1940 and 1946, over half a million men passed through the Camp. Many of them came from North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin and first had to adjust to the new climate. Camp Claiborne deactivated in 1945 and is now part of the National Forest System.

Bonanzaville is pleased to announce that admission is free to those with a military I.D., year round. We want to thank all service members and their families, past and present, who have served this country.

A very special thank you to Valley News Live and our wonderful friends from VVA 941 for getting up early to celebrate ou...
05/23/2019

A very special thank you to Valley News Live and our wonderful friends from VVA 941 for getting up early to celebrate our service men and women! Our Veteran's Memorial Celebration is today and look forward to celebrating with our veterans! #Bonanzaville

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!We are less than two weeks away from PBS' Antiques Roadshow arriving on site and we want Bonanza...
05/21/2019

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!

We are less than two weeks away from PBS' Antiques Roadshow arriving on site and we want Bonanzaville to shine! Our village will be seen by nearly 9 million viewers watching the show at home in addition to the thousands that will be on site to get their items appraised.

We are looking for volunteers to help outdoors with lawn mowing, flower beds, weed whacking, and general lawn clean-up. We also need volunteers inside the village buildings, sweeping, dusting, and mopping. We can't do this alone!

If you are interested in volunteering, contact us at 701-282-2822 to sign up for your desired date and task.

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05/17/2019

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Happy 17th of May everyone. Or as they say in Norway, gratulerer med dagen, syttende mai! The 17th of May is Norwegian C...
05/17/2019

Happy 17th of May everyone. Or as they say in Norway, gratulerer med dagen, syttende mai! The 17th of May is Norwegian Constitution Day. Following the Napoleonic Wars, Norway declared themselves an independent nation in an attempt to avoid being ceded to Sweden from Denmark. They signed a constition in Eidsvol, Norway in 1814. Unfortunately, they were given to Sweden and would not gain full independence until 1906. However, since its signing, the constitution and the 17th of May have been celebrated by Norwegians the world over with parades and other festivities.

Here in North Dakota, Norwegians played a big role in the pioneer movement. This week's Feature Friday is the Habberstad Cabin, owned by the Habberstad family, who emigrated from Norway in the 1870's. The family had lived near Eidsvol, the same place the Constitution of Norway was signed.

The Habberstad Cabin was built by a group of Finlanders for Helmar Habberstad in 1874 near Kindred, ND. He and his wife Emma lived there together for many years and members of the family lived in the cabin until the 1950's. Carl Stenhjem, Emma's nephew, restored the cabin and donated to Bonanzaville in 1967. It was one of four original buildings on the property.

We are pleased to announce that we have a brand new student exhibit opening this Saturday. Come join us for the opening....
04/30/2019

We are pleased to announce that we have a brand new student exhibit opening this Saturday. Come join us for the opening. A showing of the film "1898-1899: North Dakota Goes to War" will be shown at 6:00 pm, followed by the exhibit opening at 7:00 pm. Admission is free!

Happy Feature Friday, everyone! We are gearing up for our season opening next week on May 1st and decided to play a game...
04/26/2019

Happy Feature Friday, everyone! We are gearing up for our season opening next week on May 1st and decided to play a game for this week's feature: Guess the Artifact!

This item will be on display in our new Bonanza farming exhibit. It would have been used in the kitchen by the women who cooked for the crews on the farm and dates from around 1900.

Leave your guess in the comments below! We will reveal the answer this afternoon.

Happy Feature Friday, everyone! Shall we play a game? No, not that one. How about this week's feature, "The Game of the ...
04/05/2019

Happy Feature Friday, everyone! Shall we play a game? No, not that one. How about this week's feature, "The Game of the District Messenger Boy or Merit Rewarded?"

The Messenger Boy game was produced in 1886 by the McLoughlin Brothers of New York. Like many games of the Victorian era, it taught moral or societal lessons that society wanted to enforce. In the case of Messenger Boy, the game enforced the American capitalist system that said regardless of background, merit, enterprise, and hard work would be rewarded.

The game could be played with up to four players, who worked to advance from applicant and training school all the way up to company president. Spaces such as "Ambition," "Neatness," and "Discipline" were rewards, but spaces like "Laziness," "Stupidity," and "Carelessness" would send players back in the game.

Our game was donate by May Stanford Perry. On the back of the game box "Harry Fisher from Aunt Lizzie" is written.

04/02/2019

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS!! We have decided to add a craft show to Pioneer Days 2019! This is a 2 day event, August 17 & 18. The event runs from 10am-5pm on Saturday, and noon to 5pm on Sunday. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please send them our way! Please contact [email protected]. Thanks! :-)

Happy Feature Friday!! We would like to introduce you to Big Thunder, Stormy, and Cloudy, our friendly Bonanzaville biso...
03/29/2019

Happy Feature Friday!! We would like to introduce you to Big Thunder, Stormy, and Cloudy, our friendly Bonanzaville bison.
Stormy and Cloudy are two rare white bison calves that were born in the 1950’s a few months apart. They passed away from natural causes and, because of their rareness, stuffed. Vivian and C.C. Koltes donated them to Bonanzaville in 1985.
To many Native American tribes, white bison, sometimes called buffalo, are a symbol of sacred life and abundance, as well as a sign of good things to come.
According to the legend, several Lakota tribes came together in the summer months. Food was scarce and there was no game to hunt. Two young men went out in search of food for their people. A beautiful woman appeared to them and presented them with a sacred pipe, which symbolizes how all things are connected. She taught them how to follow the right path on earth, as well as its mysteries and how to pray. Then she rolled on the earth four times, turning a different color each time, before finally turning into a white bison calf. She disappeared and great herds of bison appeared around the camps.
Stormy and Cloudy have been added to our exhibit on Native American life and culture. You can see the expanded exhibit when we open on May 1st.

Spring is in the air, although there is still plenty of snow on the ground. Happy Feature Friday everyone!!This week we ...
03/22/2019

Spring is in the air, although there is still plenty of snow on the ground. Happy Feature Friday everyone!!

This week we want to highlight an exhibit opening on May 1st, "We Want to Vote:100 Years of Women's Suffrage." Part of our exhibit will feature women connected with North Dakota active in the cause.

Dr. Cora Smith Eaton was the first woman licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota. She attended the University of North Dakota from 1884-1889, where she was the first woman to teach physical education classes. She became active in the suffrage cause in 1887 and served as a chairmen on the Congressional Committee of the National Council of Women Voters.

Eaton moved to Washington and remained active in the suffrage cause. She also became a mountaineer and the first woman to reach the summit of the East Peak of Mt. Olympus. She was responsible for carrying a suffrage flag at the summit of Mt. Rainier in Washington. She passed away in 1939. Cora Smith Hall at UND is named for her.

03/18/2019

Help Wanted!

Part-time maintenance person wanted for Bonanzaville. Excellent position for someone seeking flexible hours. This position accomplishes a full range of facility repair and preventative maintenance to historic buildings, ability to operate tractors, lawnmowers, chain saws, hand and power tools, assist with plumbing tasks, and have general knowledge to perform routine maintenance on heating and cooling systems. If interested, please email [email protected] with your background in maintenance.

Happy Feature Friday!! This weekend looks like another round of snow is headed our way. We thought we'd share some winte...
03/08/2019

Happy Feature Friday!! This weekend looks like another round of snow is headed our way. We thought we'd share some winter scenes from our archive collection for this week's feature!

TGIF and Happy Feature Friday, Everyone!This week we are featuring a 1930's era sign from the Northern Pacific Railway. ...
03/01/2019

TGIF and Happy Feature Friday, Everyone!

This week we are featuring a 1930's era sign from the Northern Pacific Railway. Signs like this one once graced the side of the Northern Pacific Depot here in Fargo and various rail cars.

Northern Pacific was formed in 1864 when Congress gave it almost 40 million acres in land grants in the western United States. First headquartered in Brainard, MN, eventually the company moved to St. Paul. NP was the first railroad to cross the Red River in 1871 into present day Fargo. President Grant drove the last spike, gold in commemoration of its completion, into the rail in 1883.

Northern Pacific built a depot in Fargo in 1898 that was designed by Cass Gilbert. It served passengers until 1970, when Northern Pacific merged with Great Northern and created Burlington Northern.

The sign was on display for many years inside the main museum, but has been taken down to make way for new exhibits. Don't worry, you'll still be able to view the sign in the train shed!

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02/22/2019

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02/22/2019

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Happy Feature Friday! In honor of President's Day this past Monday, we thought we would share one of our more executive ...
02/22/2019

Happy Feature Friday! In honor of President's Day this past Monday, we thought we would share one of our more executive artifacts!

This lithograph print poster was used during the 1896 and 1900 presidential campaigns of William McKinley, who would become the nation's 25th president. President McKinley is standing on a gold coin supported by men believed to represent the American worker and society. In the back, ships and factories represent commerce and civilization. McKinley ran on the promise that he would pull the nation out of its economic depression, which he managed to do in 1900. His presidency is generally viewed as above average, but was cut short when he was assassinated in 1901, six months into his second term.

You never know what you'll find hidden in an old house. This poster was found in the attic of the Hagen House here at Bonanzaville. Its colors remained vibrant because the poster had been folded up. Together with the Flint family, decedents of the Hagen family, Bonanzaville had the print framed and put behind UV glass to further protect it from light damage.

https://woodrow.org/americanhistory/Let's have a little fun today!For any of you who have wondered what a US Citizenship...
02/19/2019
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation | WW American History Initiative

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Let's have a little fun today!

For any of you who have wondered what a US Citizenship test consists of, look no further! :-) A few of our staff members took the test and passed it with a "B".

FACT: Only 45% of North Dakotan's who have taken the citizenship test have earned a passing grade. YIKES!! KNOW YOUR HISTORY!
#Bonanzaville #Education

Only one in three Americans (36 percent) can actually pass a multiple choice test consisting of items taken from the U.S. citizenship test. This poll shows that traditional methods of teaching American history—memorization of dates, names and events—have not been effective.

02/15/2019

Bonanzaville- Cass County Historical Society
Statement Regarding January Flooding

On January 6, 2019 staff of Bonanzaville discovered a large area of ice around several buildings on the property as a result of outdoor spigots at South Pleasant Church being turned on. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate the cause. We want to thank them for their diligent work on this case. Their final report received February 13, 2019 concludes: “Although we were not able to determine an absolute cause of this incident, evidence leans toward this incident occurring due to human error and likely not being a deliberate act.”

While we agree there is a possibility of the incident occurring as a result of human error during winterization we also know there was plenty of opportunity for someone participating in a number of Bonanzaville events to deliberately turn on spigots between October 2018 and when the flooding occurred in December after the inside water was turned on.

All the artifacts and buildings at Bonanzaville - Cass County Historical Society are placed in the public trust and belong to the people of Cass County; we are thankful for staff, board members, volunteers and community members who are committed to protecting and preserving the artifacts so they can be shared with future generations. Many community members contacted us about how they could help financially after this incident. We have been overwhelmed and blessed by the outpouring of support both moral and financial as we have dealt with it. Thank you and please know how much we appreciate your support.

If anyone has further questions regarding this incident please contact Bonanzaville Executive Director Brenda Warren or Board President John Lund at 701-282-2822.

Happy Feature Friday!!! This week our feature is YOU! All the amazing people who donated to non-profits yesterday for Gi...
02/15/2019

Happy Feature Friday!!!

This week our feature is YOU! All the amazing people who donated to non-profits yesterday for Giving Hearts Day. Here at Bonanzaville, generous donors helped us exceed our goal and our staff is so thankful and excited at the show of support from the community. We raised $21,951.00!!

The funds raised will go a long way towards new foundations on the Hunter Times and Furnburg Store, ensuring that they are able to be shared with the community for many years to come!

Once again, thank you to all the members of the community who donated! Bonanzaville could not exist without your support, time, and contributions! We are blessed to be a part of this community!

02/11/2019
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This is your LAST CHANCE to apply for tickets to Antiques Roadshow at Bonanzaville!

DEADLINE: Today is the *last day* to enter for a chance to win tickets to the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW 2019 Production Tour! Apply and see full rules now: https://to.pbs.org/2DNfin2.

No purchase necessary; restrictions apply. Must enter by Monday, February 11, 2019 at 11:59pm PT; must be 18; void where prohibited.

Happy Feature Friday everyone! Giving Hearts Day is just around the corner, so this week we are featuring another focus ...
02/08/2019

Happy Feature Friday everyone! Giving Hearts Day is just around the corner, so this week we are featuring another focus of our fundraising efforts, the Hunter Times!

This 1930's era building was the home of the Hunter Times newspaper out of Hunter, North Dakota. The first paper printed in Hunter, The Eye, ran during the 1890's. In the 1920's, the "Hunter Herald" ran until the building burned down. The Hunter Times was the first paper to be run out of this building and ran until the 1940's. The Hunter Times came to Bonanzaville during the 1970's, along with the Brass Rail Saloon, the Houston Mansion, and Arthur Town Hall.

The Hunter Times still lives on here at Bonanzaville. The machinery is all in working order and several dedicated volunteers maintain the machinery and print cards during special events. Local colleges also come out with publishing classes to try their hand on old-fashioned equipment. The machines include a strip casting machine, hand-operated presses, flatbed press, and Linotype machine.

Due to the weight of the old machines, the foundation on the Hunter Times is in need of repair. Giving Hearts Day is a great opportunity to give back and make sure gems like the Hunter Times continue to serve the community.

On February 14, go to https://impactgiveback.org/ and search Cass County Historical Society-Bonanzaville or send us a check dated February 14 to 1351 Main Ave W, West Fargo, ND 58078.

02/05/2019
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Prairie Public

Time is running out to be a part of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s 2019 Production Tour! The series is visiting Bonanzaville - Cass County Historical Society in West Fargo on June 1, and the deadline to enter for a chance to win free tickets is Monday February 11: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/tickets/

You cannot purchase tickets to this event. You must enter for a chance to win free tickets. 2,000 applicants will be chosen at random to win free pairs of tickets.

No purchase necessary; restrictions apply. Must enter by Monday, February 11, 2019 at 11:59pm PT; must be 18; void where prohibited. See complete rules: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/tickets/rules/

Happy February and Happy Feature Friday!!!This week we are spotlighting one of the four original buildings here at Bonan...
02/01/2019

Happy February and Happy Feature Friday!!!

This week we are spotlighting one of the four original buildings here at Bonanzaville, the Furnberg Store.

The Furnberg Store was built in 1899 by Christian and Johanna Furnberg in Osgood, North Dakota, about 4 miles south of West Fargo. General stores like the Furnberg were the Wal-marts of their day, stocking everything from clothing and groceries to feed and supplies for the farm. A blacksmith operated out of the backroom of the store, which meant that the Furnbergs did not keep much stock in the back, stocking only what was necessary. In addition to the store and blacksmith shop, the Furnberg Store also housed the Osgood post office until 1911.

The store closed in 1953 after being in operation for over 50 years. The Furnberg's son, Christian, donated it and all its contents to Bonanzaville in 1968 and was instrumental in restoring the store.

The Furnberg Store foundation is in need of repair and we have chosen to designate a portion of the sums received from our Giving Hearts Day campaign to the building's foundation. If you are interested in helping us preserve this historic store, go to https://impactgiveback.org on February 14th to donate or send us a check dated February 14th.

We at Bonanzaville appreciate all the community does for us and know that we could not do it without you!

Address

1351 Main Ave W
West Fargo, ND
58078

General information

The pioneer village is open from May 1 to October 31

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 19:00
Thursday 10:00 - 19:00
Friday 10:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(701) 282-2822

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