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Upcoming Events


Printing Making Exchange: Oil and Water Art Show

6-swenson_thepromiseofsuccessandthepromiseofdestructionOil and Water traveling art show, brought to the MonDak by the North Dakota Art Gallery Directors Association and the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association. Oil and Water: concerning the use or misuse of our natural resources.  Whether dealing with issues of flooding and diversion in the Red River Valley or oil development and fracking on the Bakken Oil Formation, printmaking students and faculty from Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, University of Manitoba, University of North Dakota and Valley City State University tackle challenging issues through the fascinating medium of printmaking.  The portfolio was first exhibited at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota from April 6th through May 12th.  A print exchange took place on April 6th, where students exchanged portfolio prints and presented their work to the public.  The project was coordinated by Heidi Goldberg, Kent Kapplinger, and John Volk.

Courage Enough Has Been Reprinted !!

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Reprinted editions of Courage Enough I and II are now available!
Courage Enough Book II is a continuation of the MonDak family histories collection originally published during the nation's bicentennial. This reprint of the second edition traces the personal lives of the pioneering families of the MonDak from 1925-1960 and was originally published in 1996. Available now for $35
Courage Enough I traces the personal lives of the pioneering families of the MonDak, those who had courage enough to settle homesteads and build towns on the last few free acres in the West and was originally published in 1975. The reprinted edition consists of 2 Volumes and is priced at $80
Shipping is available on both Courage Enough I and Courage Enough II

Book Release

Available now at The MonDak Heritage Center and other Sidney retail locations!
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The latest book in Arcadia Publishing's series The Images Of America. This series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country. using archival photographs, this book presents distinctive stories from the past that shaped the character of the community of Sidney today. The book contains over 200 vintage photographs from the archives of the MonDak Heritage Center.

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!  

Joan Bird “Montana UFOs”

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  The MonDak Heritage Center will host the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau program “Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials” with Joan Bird on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 7pm. The presentation is free and open to the public.  Partial funding for the Speakers Bureau program is provided by a legislative grant from Montana’s Cultural Trust and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  While many UFO sightings can be conventionally explained, a small percentage of reports remain unexplained in both government and private investigations. Montana is home to some of the most significant, well-documented, and interesting UFO reports in the history of ufology. Bird gives a short course in UFO literacy, using Montana events to illustrate different aspects of the phenomenon. Montana seems to be a place where there is a lot of historical UFO activity. The audience is invited to share their own or their family's stories.
  Joan Bird is an author and researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in zoology.
  Sponsored by Humanities Montana.

NAN presents: Montana Repertory Theatre in Bronte to the Future!

bronte to the future The Northeastern Arts Network presents Montana Repertory Theatre's "Bronte to the Future!" Tuesday, September 20th at 7pm. The Brontë sisters, Emily and Charlotte, having told their most well-known tales—Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, respectively—now want to leave the past behind and explore a future time in order to see what will happen to their characters in a more contemporary setting. Brontë to the Future! is a mashup that places the Brontës’ beloved Jane and Rochester and Catherine and Heathcliff in the world of today—and possibly tomorrow—while retaining all the romance and Gothic splendor of the original stories. 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.

Williston Area Visual Artists

The Williston Area Visual Artists will have an art show on display October 1 through November 5, 2016. 12592198_950282988386811_3504284202222713978_nThe 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.

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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!


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