Heritage Days began as a ‘centennial celebration’ in 1976. Encouraged by the state of Minnesota and planned by the Chamber of Commerce, East Grand Forks; as part of the promotion to become a centennial city. The Chamber of Commerce met with Heritage Foundation board members and representatives from local agriculture and business to plan the first “Farmer’s Day” which was held in 1976. The following year Elsie Miller, Chamber of Commerce Secretary worked with Russ Beier, administrator of the Northwest Technical College, Heritage Foundation board members and representatives from local agriculture and business to plan the second “Threshing Day” which was held in 1977. “Heritage Days” became an annual event in 1978, under the Heritage Foundation presidency of Russ Beier.  



Heritage Days - Third Weekend in August

Admission $8 Children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult.


National Endowment for the Arts Blue Star Museum

Free admission for all active duty U.S. military as well as National Guard and reserve military personnel & up to 5 family members with a military ID 

(CAC, DD FORM1173 or DD FORM1173-1).


Proceeds from the annual Heritage Days living history event are used to maintain the Heritage Village. 

Heritage Days 2017 Theme

Prairie Churches

North LaMoure Church located in Litchville, North Dakota
Retrieved from North Dakota State University Libraries: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection

Volunteers are always welcome to help prepare for the event and to help at the event. To volunteer contact Kim Nelson 218-779-3034.

Prairie Churches

Prairie Public Broadcasting - Prairie Churches youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcfLSpJXo0w

The book Prairie Churches is a beautiful picture book published by Preservation North Dakota.


The prairie is dotted with unique and picturesque churches, many of which are in danger of being lost forever. Prairie Public’s documentary Prairie Churches preserves images of this priceless heritage and tells the story of Count Berthold von Imhoff, a painter whose artwork lends a unique beauty to 18 churches.

Often the first community structure built, these landmarks represent the hopes and dreams of settlers who sought to forge a new future for themselves and their families. Prairie Churches explores the role churches have played in sustaining the history and culture of the vanishing rural landscape. The program takes a visual tour of 117 outstanding churches scattered across the Northern Plains through all four seasons.