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Twelve Heritage Institutions In The Dakotas Selected To Receive Free Collections Assessments & Host Workshops


The Dakota Collections Care Initiative (DCCI) has selected 12 heritage institutions in North Dakota and South Dakota to receive free collections assessments and host collections care workshops this summer. These institutions were chosen through a competitive process that drew applications from more than 40 museums, archives and libraries across the two states.

Selected North Dakota institutions include Griggs County Historical Society, Cooperstown; Ox Cart Trails Historical Society, Drayton; Northwest Art Gallery at Minot State University, Minot, Lewis and Clark Trail Museum, Alexander; Stoxen Library, Dickinson State University, Dickinson; and Pioneer Trails Regional Museum, Bowman. Selected South Dakota institutions include Gregory County Historical Society, Dallas; Yankton County Historical Society, Yankton; Fort Sisseton Historic State Park, Lake City; Timber Lake and Area Historical Society and Museum, Timber Lake; Tri State Museum, Belle Fourche; and Keystone Area Historical Society Museum, Keystone.

“The number of applications received shows the commitment of staff and volunteers to improve the preservation of heritage collections across the two states,” says Mark Ryan, DCCI project co-director, and Plains Art Museum project co-director and director of collections and operations, Fargo. “These assessments and hands-on workshops will increase understanding of best practices in collections care at small- and mid-sized heritage institutions and build a network of individuals committed to good stewardship of collections so they are available to future generations.”

Free workshops open to all staff and volunteers from area museums, libraries and archives will be held at the host institutions in North Dakota in May and June and in South Dakota in August and September. Workshop details and registration information will be available by mid-April on the State Historical Society of North Dakota website.

DCCI partners include the Association of South Dakota Museums, North Dakota Library Association, Plains Art Museum, Fargo; South Dakota State Historical Society, South Dakota State Library, and State Historical Society of North Dakota. Terri Schindel, a conservator affiliated with the Museum Training Network, will lead the institutional assessments and training workshops.

The project is made possible by a two-year Connecting to Collections implementation grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. To learn more about the Institute, visit


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