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Bonanzaville Interpretive Center West Fargo, North Dakota

Bonanzaville Interpretive Center

West Fargo, North Dakota


The new Northern Plains History Center at Bonanzaville will transform the Cass County Historical Society's 12 acre site into a regional educational resource, encouraging visitors of all ages to understand and appreciate the rich history of America's Northern plains. To create a 21st century visitor destination and museum facility, leadership of the Historical Society is undertaking a two-phase $12 million capital and endowment campaign. Phase I seeks to raise $6.5 million in capital funds for the expansion and preservation and has already raised $2.4 million. Phase II has a $4 million capital goal. At the same time, leadership will raise $3 million to create the Northern Plains Endowment Fund.

The centerpiece of the Campaign will be construction of the Lucien Barnes Pavilion. The Pavilion will house state-of-the-art galleries, climate-controlled research facilities, flexible education spaces, and modern visitor amenities. Site Planning and preservation efforts will ensure the well-being and longevity of the historic buildings and collections. Expanded living history programs and educational partnerships will offer the community a 12 month, indoor/outdoor experience - opening a doorway to the past through which generations of future visitors can travel.

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Site Planning and preservation efforts will ensure the well-being and longevity of the historic buildings and collections.
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