State Historical Society Of North Dakota Wins National Award For New Grade 8 Online Curriculum

BISMARCK — The State Historical Society of North Dakota was selected as a 2015 Leadership in History Award of Merit winner by the American Association for State and Local History for its multimedia project, “North Dakota: People Living on the Land,” a new grade 8 North Dakota studies curriculum. The Award of Merit is presented for excellence in history programs, projects, and people.

“North Dakota is the first state in the country to offer an online eighth grade state history course based on primary sources,” said Neil Howe, North Dakota Studies program coordinator. The new grade 8 online curriculum is free and available to the public at The curriculum includes 90 topics on the history of North Dakota and is complemented with documents, photographs, maps, and films. It covers the place that is today North Dakota from about 500 million years ago to current events. Topics range from the formation of soil to the recent oil boom; from the quarrying of flint to Bobcat manufacturing.


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