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Upcoming Events


Monica Tininenko Night Life Photography Exhibit

index Night Life, a photography exhibit by Monica Tininenko, will be on display at the MonDak Heritage Center September 1 through October 1, 2016.
Born and raised in North Dakota, Monica says “Through my years of traveling this great state I have grown to love the scenery and people.  In 2011, I began to photograph the state I love and continue to do so today.”
Following a gift of Digital Single Lens Reflex camera in 2011, she began photographing all the abandoned farms and houses she’d been admiring for decades. Those images came together in her first show titled “Prairie Tales”. That gift also allowed her to take part in a Historic Asylum preservation and documentation project, known as Project Kirkbride. She joined a group of 40 photographers and videographers to document the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center in Fergus Falls, MN. Monica studied 35mm Black and White film photography and development, and digital photography at Minot State University. The rest of her time behind the camera has been largely experimental and “incredibly fun”.
Night photography became a passion for Tininenko recently. During a trip to London, England in March of 2014 she began to notice just how different cities and buildings became at night. That trip inspired the current show called “Night Life”. “The exhibit portrays the places we see during the day but might not recognize or take the time to appreciate after the sun sets. Night is something that affects all parts of the world and can also be so beautifully unique to everybody.”
“Night Life” features images created by using long exposure techniques. Several of the images in the series were created with exposures longer than one minute and others were very quick with a high ISO to avoid light trails. These images come from a variety of landscapes in locations including eastern Montana, western North Dakota, California, Washington, Nevada and even London, England.
Monica Tininenko's Artist Statement:
  Art is something to everyone.  Art is a way for me to relax, to learn, to express, and to concentrate.  The process of creating art is as important as the final product. Photography is my most common way of capturing things I feel are important to share and how I express my love of life.  The fact that there are so many photographers today can be discouraging to a beginning artist, but that hasn’t stopped me from creating images and sharing them with whoever is willing to look. It can take a great deal of courage to share one’s work with the world, but once you start, it can be hard to stop!  

WANTED: Executive Director

The MonDak Heritage Center, Sidney, MT, is seeking a highly motivated, creative person to serve as Executive Director with general responsibilities that include developing and managing performing arts, educational, historical, cultural and art programming; public relations; managing collections and the facility; administering finances; fundraising; and developing and directing a team of staff and volunteers.

The position requires a four year college degree and two years of relevant experience or at least five years of commensurate relevant experience. Excellent competitive salary and benefit package.

For complete details and application instructions contact mdhcjobapplicant@gmail.com or download here.

Reports to: Board Of Directors and Richland County Commissioners

Application screening will begin October 15, 2016.

Richland County is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Williston Area Visual Artists

  The Williston Area Visual Artists will have an art show on display October 1 through November 5, 2016. The show is free and open to the public, Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, and Saturday, 1pm to 4pm.
  Williston Area Visual Artists (WAVA) provides a nurturing and supportive environment by which artists will feel inspired and encouraged to pursue the arts.

The Graveyard Speaks: The Pathos of Ghost Town Cemeteries

picture19The MonDak Heritage Center will host The Graveyard Speaks: The Pathos of Ghost Town Cemeteries by artist Lee Silliman October 1 through December 1, 2016. The exhibit is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays, 1pm to 4pm. This exhibit explores the final page of our ineluctable passage.  In his travels throughout Montana and other western states to old mining camps and ghost towns, black and white photographer Lee Silliman seeks out their abandoned cemeteries, for these hallowed grounds are a palpable record of the former community’s struggle for life.  He ferrets out those monuments – stone and wooden – which reveal our forebears’ tribulations, as well as their fervent hopes for eternal reunion with loved ones.  All too often children’s headstones dot the enclosure, for until the last 100 years, humankind marshaled but feeble resistance to the onslaught of childhood diseases.  Indeed, the expressions of grief chiseled upon the multitude of headstones of deceased children are most heartrending – and there was no balm. By utilizing an 8”x10” view camera loaded, by making nuanced 8”x10” contact prints in his own darkroom, and by framing these results in his own picture frame shop, the photographer has sought to create an attractive union of art and history.

NAN presents: John Roberts Y Pan Blanco

John RobertsJohn Roberts Y Pan Blanco is an original sound ensemble that is designed to make the audience move. They are melding high energy, danceable Funk, African and Salsa grooves with blistering instrumental solos, all aimed at sharing musical diversity with the audience. With an incredibly energetic band of high level musicians, John Roberts brings many years of national and international touring, recording and performing experiences to this family-friendly band. Season tickets for the Big Sky Concert Series are available by contacting any NAN Board Member or the MonDak Heritage Center. Season tickets: Adults- $50, Senior (60+)- $45, Students- $35, and Family- $100. At the door, tickets are: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (60+) and $10 for students.

8th Annual Oktoberfest

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The MonDak Heritage Center and Northeastern Arts Network present Our Eighth Annual Oktoberfest, Friday, October 7 at 7:00 pm
Proceeds from this event provide funding for the continuing presentation of Live Music at the MonDak Heritage Center and area schools by MDHC and NAN.
Featuring German Style Sausage from Redneck Meats, an unmatched selection of beverages from Blue Rock Distributing, Live Music and a souvenir tasting glass!
  Our featured performers this year are
 John Robert Y Pan Blanco. en_cuba
Tickets are on sale now!
$45 for Members      $55 for Non-members
Thanks to our sponsors! Stockman Bank horitontal Blue Rock Distributingredneck meats logo

MonDak Writers Group

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  Great Stories can be told by anyone, anywhere, whether you’re working hard in the oil fields, washing dishes at a restaurant, or scribbling away during your office job.
  The MonDak Writers Group encourages people of all writing levels and genres to join.
Bring a work in progress (memoir, short story, novel chapter, poem, anything) if you’ve got one, and if you don’t, your brain and possibly a lucky pen will do!
  The MonDak Writers Group aims to build a community within Richland County of people who want to express themselves on paper and to celebrate the craft of writing.
  This monthly writing workshop will include peer-to-peer review and feedback, group writing exercises, and an enthusiastic instructor.
  Meeting date will be the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6pm at the MonDak Heritage Center. For questions call MDHC at 406-433-3500 or Fred at 682-206-5744

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Events & Exhibits

Find out what’s happening at the MonDak Heritage Center and learn about our permanent and rotating art exhibits, and the MonDak Pioneer Town.


Our education programs designed for children ages 1 year – 5th grade are a great way to expose your children to art and history, and fun too!


If you are looking for information about the history of the MonDak region and the people who called it home, you have come to the right place.