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Cultural Heritage Grant

Main Street contributor Brandi Malarkey visits with recipients of the Cultural Heritage Grant, a grant program administered by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

  • Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - Staci Lola Drouillard is a descendant of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Anishinaabe, and she writes about that heritage. She joins us today to discuss her latest book published by the University of Minnesota Press, “Seven Aunts.” The stories of Staci Drouillard’s relatives reveal the heart and soul of the times they lived as they made a place in the world for the next generation. ~~~ Blue prints hidden behind a false wall. This sounds like a movie plot, it actually happened in Hillsboro at the Plummer House, which is now the Traill County Museum. It was a goldmine for the preservationists who restored the building to its original glory with Italian tile, glass from New Orleans, and indoor plumbing, a rarity in the 1800s. Special Contributor Brandi Malarkey goes on a tour with Curator LeAnn Beck.
  • Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - North Dakota is seeing more diversity within its youth population, but researchers say they face a tougher road in securing a brighter future. According to Kids Count, nearly one in four children in North Dakota is a person of color. However, because of discriminatory policies in place their families are less likely to achieve economic security. We visit with North Dakota Kids Count Dir. Xanna Burg. ~~~ Bison were hunted to near extinction at the same time as the European cow was brought to the Americas. Cattle quickly became the most dominant meat eaten here. But as Harvest Public Media’s Jonathan Ahl reports, combining those two breeds into something better is a niche market that some hope becomes more widespread. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay titled: “Cattle Kings’ Prayer.” ~~~ The Pembina County Historical Museum has the ambitious goal of gathering all of the county's cemetery records into a central, searchable, location available to the public. Special contributor Brandi Malarkey visits with Zelda Hartje, Administrator for the Pembina County Historical Museum.
  • Monday, June 27, 2022 - UND philosophy professor Jack Russell Weinstein will be here for "Philosophical Currents," a discussion inspired by current events. Today’s theme is "what does it mean to be conservative or to be liberal?" ~~~ Tom Isern has a Plains folk essay, "Their Best Days Are Over." ~~~ We travel to Antler, about an hour north of Minot, where they're restoring the Antler Town Square Building for use as a museum. Brandi Malarkey visits with Mark Jorgenson of the Antler Historical Society.
  • Monday, June 20 - Folks in the small town of Buxton are working to restore some of the town's beloved buildings. The effort is called Buxton in Bloom. Bobbi Hepper Olson visits with special contributor Brandi Malarkey. ~~~ A new book just released explores the jazz scene in Fargo. It’s called Fargo Jazz. Ashley Thornberg visits with musician Russ Peterson and photographer/writer W. Scott Olsen.
  • Friday, May 13, 2022 - Violinist Gaelynn Lea of Duluth won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, and more recently she was tapped to compose the music for a new production of Macbeth on Broadway starring Daniel Craig. ~~~ Bismarck has a big celebration this weekend. It’s the town’s sesquicentennial, or 150th birthday. We take the occasion to share a conversation between special contributor Brandi Malarkey and Dr. Marilyn Snyder, president of the Bismarck Historical Society. They discuss an effort to gather major oral histories plus a project to transcribe police records that go all the way back to the early 1900s. ~~~ Matt Olien has this week’s movie review: “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - How do you commemorate important experiences. Many cultures have different approaches. Today we learn about what a winter count is. Alicia Hegland-Thorpe visits with Dakota Goodhouse, a History and Native Studies educator at United Tribes Technical College. ~~~ We share a Plains Folk essay from Tom Isern, Breakfast at 6. ~~~ The State Historical Society of North Dakota has awarded twenty organizations throughout the state with a Cultural Heritage Grant for improvements, projects, and events. The B’nai Israel Synagogue, located in Grand Forks, is one of the grant recipients. Today Bert Garwood, president of the congregation at the B’nai Israel Synagogue, visits with guest interviewer Brandi Malarkey about their building rehabilitation project.