Superior Manufacturing, Kindred, N.D., has donated a grain bin for a new exhibit at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck. The bin will be a part of the new 19,000-square-foot Inspiration Gallery that will be unveiled to the public at a grand opening ceremony on November 2, 2014, which coincides with the 125th anniversary of North Dakota becoming a state.
The gallery is part of a larger, $52 million expansion to the Heritage Center. The 2009 North Dakota legislature appropriated $40 million for the expansion, and the non-profit State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation raised another $12 million. In total, the renovation added 97,000 square feet to the Heritage Center, including three permanent galleries and space for visitor services, public and educational programming, collection storage, labs and office space.
Karl Lembke, development officer for the State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation, says the foundation wanted to find a grain bin made by a North Dakota company to feature in the gallery. “Agriculture is the biggest historical story in North Dakota, and the grain bin is the most recognizable symbol of that story,” he said. “We’re so grateful the legislature supported this project and that Superior Manufacturing agreed to help by donating one of its bins.”
The 13-foot-diameter bin will be a permanent fixture in the Inspiration Gallery, which covers the past 150 years. Displays inside the bin will feature photos and information about the state’s agricultural history, as well as examples of some of the state’s leading agricultural products, like wheat and canola.
“We were honored to be asked to contribute a North Dakota-made bin for this great new exhibit,” said Superior Manufacturing owner Claire Rauser. “We’re very proud that a Superior bin will represent the rich history of agriculture in our state.”
The grand opening ceremony will begin with a ribbon cutting at noon on Sunday, November 2, 2014. “This is an important building for North Dakota that really shows who we are, who we were and who we’re going to be,” Lembke said.