Mott Gallery of History and Art
Special Event - "Day in North Dakota History"
The Mott Gallery of History and Art will be hosting a “Day in North Dakota history” programing on June 13, 2015 at the Playhouse Theater in Mott, North Dakota.
- 8-8:30a.m.- Continental Breakfast (sponsored by the Mott Visionaries)
- 8:30-9:30a.m. “Memory Work: Doing History in Grassy Places” presented by Professor and Great Plains Historian, Tom Isern and wife Suzzanne (Kelley) Isern. The program is an illustrated talk, historical documents, grassroots art , music, and special interest in exploration of the battlefields of the Dakota Wars 1862-1864.
- Cost: Free Will offering- (funds will support repairs and additions to the Mott Gallery of History and Art Agricultural Annex area.
- 9:30-9:45 am- Coffee break
- 9:45 am, as well as music from the barn dance tours. – The Prairie Barns of North Dakota book with documentary called “Hay Days” presented by Preservation North Dakota past President, Author and Bismarck reporter, Lauren Donovan and Merrill Piepkorn producer and author. The Hay Day documentary and Barn Dance music are produced by Prairie Airwaves and Merrill Piepkorn.
- The Playhouse Theater will have a lunch available after the mornings presentation.
- The Mott Gallery will be open for visiting from 1pm- 4pm that day and is located one block south of the Playhouse Theater.
The Mott Gallery of History & Art is located just 35 miles south of Richardton on Highway 8. It is a great "back roads" museum and art center. Our historic bank building (1911) is in the heart of downtown and visitors truly see the heart of Mott and its history.
"The Biker Thinker", a life-size metal sculpture by local artist Raymond "Oscar" Rogers, greets visitors just inside the main door. Each month features a special artist, with exhibits that are enhanced and changed frequently to pique your interest. Banking and railroad history, early business exhibits, military and school displays are easily viewed in a wide expansive area.
An agricultural annex, recently completed, gears up to bring you the history of the farming industry, so important to our lives, both then and now. Among the machinery exhibits is a Massey Harris #21 – the first self-propelled combine. These were used from Texas through North Dakota during WWII to help with the historic "Harvest Brigade" when so few farmers were available to reap the crops. Most young men were on foreign soil fighting for freedom. Read about it here and check out the combine.
A reading area offers family histories and pioneer interviews that tell the story of the early Mott area. Annals say the first white settler was Levi Colgrove, who came to southwest ND with his eldest son in 1882. They wintered in the Short Pine Hills and were part of the last buffalo hunt at the head of Timber Creek. Levi's complete family history is a part of our library.