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Bette Bergeson gift benefits Foundation and Center

Posted on 6/30/2015

Washburn, N.D. - With a recent gift of $100,000, Washburn native and current Arizona resident Bette Bergeson has given the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation of Washburn over $500,000 to its capital campaign and operations. In recognition of her generosity, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center now has "Bergeson Gallery" as the space for revolving exhibits, according to foundation president David Borlaug.

Borlaug stated, "Bette has been supporting her hometown and our foundation with her generosity for many years. As a result of her latest gift, we are pleased to honor her with this gallery in her name."

Her gift is in memory of her parents, B.E. "Bud" and Nora Persinger; her first husband "TJ" Nelson, who was killed in action during World War II; her longtime husband Colonel Charles Bergeson; and their son, Jeffrey.

"I am so proud of the work of the foundation, and all that they have done to bring visitors to my hometown of Washburn," says Bergeson. "I never would have dreamed, growing up in the community, that someday it would be home to such a world-class museum. I am pleased to be able to support the important work of the foundation."

"Thanks to Bette, hundreds of thousands of visitors will enjoy quality art and other exhibits in a beautiful setting," says Borlaug. "We are grateful for her and others who make our work possible."

The Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation supports the Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan in Washburn, in cooperation with North Dakota Parks and Recreation. The Foundation undertakes other initiatives, including North Dakota Centennial Farms in cooperation with the North Dakota Agriculture Department.

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