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MDU Resources Foundation grants student opportunity to learn more about Lewis and Clark

Posted on 4/12/2017

By Mattie Hjelseth | KFYR-TV

WASHBURN, N.D. - The Lewis and Clark expedition is a big part of North Dakota history, and MDU is making it easy for students to understand the importance of their mission.

MDU Resources Foundation provided a grant to let students in grades kindergarten through college explore the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan for free.

Carrington, N.D., fourth-graders saw replicas of villages, learned about Sakakawea and fur trading, but that's not all they learned.

"They used weapons to kill animals and buffalo," said fourth-grader Josh Bickett.

"I learned some stuff that I haven't learned, and stuff that I thought was true, but isn't actually true. I think this is a really interesting field trip," said fourth-grader Isabel Wendel.

The field trip let students learn history in a hands-on way.

"When children make a connection with the themes here, it's just not Washburn, it's North Dakota and American History. That's great for them to know that their home is part of a nationally significant story," said Kevin Kirkey, site supervisor.

Rita O'Neill, the Foundation Manager with MDU, received many thank you notes from students who've visited Fort Mandan and appreciate the grant that was given to the center.

MDU donated a $20,000 grant to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan to let students get free admission through 2017.

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan already has 2,800 scheduled visits throughout the year. If you would like to tour the center call 701-462-8535.

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