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White Stone Hill Site Near Kulm Nominated for National Register
BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Historic Preservation Review Board will meet Friday, August 30, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the Pioneer Room at the North Dakota State Capitol Building in Bismarck. The meeting is open to the public. The board reviews nominations to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) prior to their submission to the Keeper of the NRHP for official consideration. Considered nominations include:

Edinburg General Store was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1938 as an auditorium with style elements from Art Deco and Art Moderne. The auditorium hosted many community events, local basketball games, and other school functions until the 1970s. The building was then only used on occasion until the local hardware store moved in after its own building burned in 1993.

Construction of Vikur Lutheran Church in Mountain began in 1884 on land donated by the first pastor, (Séra) Páll Thorláksson. Thorláksson played a major role in the establishment of the Icelandic-American community and the creation of the Icelandic Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Vikur Lutheran is recognized as the first and oldest Icelandic church in the United States.

Lesje Norwegian Evangelical Church, also known as Lesje Lutheran Church near Souris, is being reviewed for a formal determination of eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places. This Late Gothic Revival style church was built in 1918 but has had changes and additions to include a large new entry in 1967. The board will review whether the church has enough integrity to be listed in the register.

White Stone Hill near Kulm in Dickey County was the site of conflict between General Alfred Sully’s soldiers and a buffalo hunting camp of Dakota in early September 1863. The nomination includes the core area from this nationally significant conflict. The nomination also includes the stone buildings and structures built by the Works Progress Administration and the monuments that are part of Whitestone Hill State Historic Site at the level of statewide significance.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s list of properties considered worthy of preservation. The documentation process for listing demonstrates that resource is significant in some aspect of the nation’s history. Contrary to some misconceptions about the National Register program, listing in it does not prevent owners from altering their property, restrict the use or sale of the property, or establish times requiring the property to be open to the public. Entry into the National Register of Historic Places does give a property prestige, provides protection from federally-assisted projects, and provides eligibility for certain preservation financial incentives.

For more information, contact the State Historic Preservation Office at 701.328.2089.

-Lorna Meidinger, State Historical Society of North Dakota