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Link Family Donates Memorabilia To Lewis & Clark Trail Homestead Museum


This wood burning cook stove is one of the Link family items the museum currently houses.

On Saturday, Sept. 5, Grace Link, wife of the late North Dakota Governor, Arthur Link, was present in Alexander, ND to participate in their Old Settler's Day celebration. Amid the parade and other festivities, there was a special reason to celebrate as it was recently announced that Grace Link will be donating family memorabilia and congressional items to the Lewis & Clark Trail Homestead Museum in Alexander. The museum currently has a few items from the Link family including plaques, former Governor Link's legislative chair, and a wood burning stove and oven. The museum also houses items from Grace Link's family, originally from Cartwright, ND, such as her grandfather William C. Johnson's Civil War Calvary Sabre dated 1865.

The Museum Board has decided to renovate a room which will be especially designated for the honorable late Governor and his family with plans to have the display open to the public in the spring of 2016. The museum staff has expressed excitement and privilege to preserve the history of the Link family noting that the former late Governor was upstanding in both his personal and professional life. The Lewis & Clark Trail Homestead Museum was the Alexander school from 1914 until 1967 and in 1969 opened as a museum and Arthur Link was on the museum board for several years.

Grace Link attended Alexander's Old Settler's Day, Saturday, Sept. 5.

"This is home for us," said Grace Link. "We haven't lived here in over forty years, but it will always be home and I always enjoy coming back."

The museum closed for the season Sept. 11 and will open again in the spring. Over the winter the room to be dedicated to the Link family will undergo renovations and historical memorabilia will be moved in, adding another interesting and educational aspect to the rural museum that ensures the preservation of so much of the area's history. The Lewis and Clark Trail Homestead Museum is located at 102 Indiana Ave East, Alexander, ND and has displays on three floors, former school gymnasium, lawn, and outbuildings. Seasonal hours are Mon – Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sun from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. For more information call 701-828-3595 or visit the Lewis and Clark Trail Museum on Facebook.


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