The Dickinson Museum Center
is an organization that preserves and presents history through a museum
complex in Dickinson, North Dakota
. The organization operates the museum center, which serves as a history museum for the city of Dickinson, Stark County
, and Southwest North Dakota
. The museum's Executive Director, Danielle Stuckle, is also the Historic Preservationist for the City of Dickinson.
Located in Dickinson, the museum consists of a city-owned, 12-acre park that includes multiple buildings and is managed in part by several non-profit organizations.
Southwest North Dakota Museum Foundation
The main museum building, locally known as the Joachim museum, includes art and history exhibits of regional significance, features the Osborn Reading and Research Room, and has the main offices of museum staff. The SWND Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Prairie Outpost Park
Five historic and five reproduction buildings
are located in the park east of the museum. Several other groups manage buildings and/or host events in the park throughout the year including Czech
, and Germans from Russia
heritage organizations. The historic buildings include a house, train depot, general store, church, and school. The reproduced buildings include a print shop, an ethnic German-Russian stone house, a Czech town hall, a Scandinavian Stabbur, and a blacksmith shop. Other structures in the park include the Heritage Pavilion picnic shelter, a veteran's chapel, an oil derrick, a coal mine, a Northern Pacific train caboose, a windmill, and restrooms.
Historic Preservation Commission
The director of the Dickinson Museum Center also serves as Historic Preservationist for the city of Dickinson. The Historic Preservationist serves as staff liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission for the city, and manages the Renaissance Zone program for the city. The Renaissance Zone program is a tool to spur development in downtown Dickinson, and is not necessarily tied to historic preservation. It can include rehabilitation of buildings, and even new construction.
Other organizations located on the museum campus
Stark County Historical Society
The Pioneer Machinery Museum features the early ranching
and agricultural history of Stark County. The machinery building is home to the Stark County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
This museum houses thousands of rock, mineral, and fossil specimens including a complete Triceratops
skeleton. It is a separately managed organization from the Dickinson Museum Center.
Dickinson Convention and Visitors' Bureau
The visitor’s bureau provides information about local and regional attractions and events. The CVB is a separately managed organization from the Dickinson Museum Center.