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"Capital in Farm Country" Bismarck walking tour planned

Posted on 6/18/2013

The Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation is hosting a historical walking tour of downtown Bismarck on Saturday, July 13, at 3:30 p.m. "Capital in Farm Country" will stop at a variety of historic buildings and locations downtown where early Bismarck citizens struggled to make a successful farm economy possible. Designed as an enjoyable afternoon outing, it concludes with some conversation at Peacock Alley. The event is free and open to the public.

Topics will include Alexander "Boss" McKenzie, the Oscar H. Will Seed Company, and the Non-Partisan League. Participants will get to enjoy many buildings from the inside, including the Former Governor's Mansion and the Burleigh County Courthouse.

The tour was organized by Robert Hanna, a National Association for Interpretation (NAI) certified interpreter who works for the Foundation.

"There's a lot of interest in Bismarck history, but few places to learn about it," Hanna said. "We thought this was an opportunity to fill a need."

According to Hanna, the Foundation interprets many aspects of North Dakota history beyond Lewis and Clark, including agriculture, American Indian culture and early North Dakota settlers.

"This is just part of our efforts to reach outside of our walls and bring our stories to the public," said Hanna. "If interest is high, by next year we hope to expand it."

"Capital in Farm Country" is sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, the Bismarck Historical Society, Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library, Peacock Alley and Final Proof Photography.

The mile-long walking tour is from 3:30-5 p.m. and begins at Camp Hancock, 101 W. Main Ave. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required as space is limited.

RSVP to or by calling 701-462-3430.

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