Digital Horizons has taken streaming historic videos to the next level. Normally, to watch a video on Digital Horizons, you would have to click on a link that would take you elsewhere, or you would have to download the video. Not anymore! A new feature now allows for embedded videos on Digital Horizons. Now you can search and stream in one convenient location.
This feature on Digital Horizons began with the “Prairie Memories – The Vietnam War Years” collection, and will soon be expanding to other collections. The State Library has been working on adding this feature to its “North Dakota State Documents” collection. Here is an example: http://bit.ly/2CPCAch
North Dakota State Documents Collection, North Dakota State Library.
Digital Horizons is an online digital library consisting of thousands of images, documents, videos, and oral histories depicting life on the Northern Plains from the late 1800s to today. Digital Horizons provides a fascinating snapshot of the lives, culture, and history of the people who shaped life on the prairies. Digital Horizons was established in 2007 and has grown to include contributors such as Concordia College, North Dakota State University, Prairie Public Broadcasting, North Dakota State Library, State Historical Society of North Dakota, and more!
You can browse the North Dakota State Library collections on Digital Horizons here: http://bit.ly/2D7VyII
State Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-28-46-1)
The governor will present his budget to the legislature today. One of the popular topics that has come up in recent years is oil revenue. This isn’t something new as demonstrated in the above photo from 1952. A Williston City Commissioner, Neuman Ditsworth, leads a protest against legislative action on a oil tax bill. You can read more about it on Digital Horizons.
Take a few minutes to explore the new Digital Horizons website and our new content! The North Dakota Memories collection has new items from the Pembina County Historical Society and the North Dakota County and Town Histories collection has a number of new books for your searching ease.
I will have some new books uploaded later today to the County and Town Histories Collection on Digital Horizons. There is also new folk art content in North Dakota Memories from the Pembina County Historical Society. A great way to get updates for these collections is to subscribe to the RSS updates as seen in the upper right corner of the landing page image below. The collection links above will take you to the landing pages. You can do this for any of the collections in Digital Horizons. Check them out!
Landing page for North Dakota County and Town Histories
Branchaud’s General Store in Pembina by Antoinette Branchaud Schwob
Vikur Lutheran Church (Mountain, N.D.) by J.S. Benedictson
So I found myself grumbling about the snow and cold today. Then I thought–It could be worse. Here are a few photos from Digital Horizons to prove my point. Click on the links in the captions for more information.
Sebastian Krumm house, Hague N.D., after 1966 blizzard. State Historical Society of North Dakota (C1475)
Digging out after the big blizzard, Milton, North Dakota, 1893 — Fred Hultstrand History In Pictures Collection, NDIRS-NDSU, Fargo (2028.475)
Buried car on Broadway during 1944 blizzard, Fargo, N.D. — Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU (2022.7.2)
A Fargo woman with a shovel digging out of her house — Fargo Public Library Photograph Collection 2065
We recently partnered with the Pembina County Historical Society to bring you a snapshot of what the Society has to offer. The new collection, North Dakota Memories, will include North Dakota items that are scanned from collections not housed by the North Dakota State Library. I have started adding items that I scanned in June from the Pembina County Historical Society museum in Cavalier. To this point, the Pioneer Women’s Histories have been uploaded to the Digital Horizons North Dakota Memories collection. This selection of materials contains biographies of pioneer women in Pembina County that was gathered in the 1930’s and 1940’s as part of the WPA program. The text is searchable and contains information on the life of the pioneers, genealogy, and history of the towns and settlements.
I have a lot more material to add so keep your eyes open for more images, artwork and objects from Pembina County in the North Dakota Memories collection!
If you know of a collection that could be part of North Dakota Memories, please contact me-Stephanie Kom at email@example.com or 701-328-4629. We will provide equipment and training for a period of time and catalog and upload the objects for display on Digital Horizons.
A taste of things to come. Funeral procession in Cavalier, N.D. early 20th century.
Digital Horizons is a great place to find North Dakota related images and information but there are a lot of places that hold North Dakota content that would surprise you. DPLA pulls in metadata from hundreds of institutions across the United States. The National Archives, The University of Southern California, the New York Public Library, Boston Public Library and many more have North Dakota related images available for discovery through DPLA. You have to click on the link in the DPLA record to get to the actual record in the home archive. DPLA is a one stop shop for searching North Dakota images held by non-North Dakota entities. The images below are all from the National Archives and have unrestricted access and use rights.
Digital Horizons launched its new website last week! It now supports enhanced viewing and searching capabilities. For objects with many pages, you can switch to the Page Flip View and view it like an actual book rather than clicking on each individual page. You can browse all the collections or choose one collection and browse. There is also a handy feature that will send you updates on the collections that you choose to follow.
This is the County and Town Histories landing page. You can see recent additions on the right and subscribe to update.
In our collection of County and Town Histories, you can conduct an advanced search using counties or towns as your search term. There is also faceted searching on the left side of your results screen that will allow you to narrow your results. It is limited as it will only show you the top 10 items in each facet for the collection.
This is a screenshot of the faceted searching box that will appear on the left side of your screen beneath the collection boxes.
This is just a broad overview of some of the enhancements seen with the new Digital Horizons website. Please contact me-Stephanie Kom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-328-4629 if you have any questions or comments. Happy hunting!
As you may or may not be aware–the North Dakota State Library (NDSL) began participating in Digital Horizons about a year ago. The previous link will take you to our current website where you can read up on the consortium if you aren’t familiar with the local institutions that are currently participating. NDSL is currently scanning county and town history books so that they are available online and are keyword searchable.
If you are a user of Digital Horizons, be on the lookout for some changes in the upcoming weeks. We will launch a new website that will be using the most up to date CONTENTdm software. This will make searches and viewing easier. There is also new content. We are hoping for an early October launch and I will keep you informed as changes occur.
State Historical Society of North Dakota (2003-P-16-07B)
75 years ago today, France and Great Britain declared war on Germany. This is the day that many consider the official start of World War II. How do you connect that to North Dakota? Many North Dakota citizens served in the war or helped the war effort on the home front.
Digital Horizons has many images and personal items documenting the lives of North Dakotans during the war. The best way to search for these items is to use the search phrase “World War, 1939-1945”. The above image is a photo of the barracks at Fort Lincoln where German sailors and people of German and Japanese descent were held from 1941-1946.
I have written before about our own membership in Digital Horizons and the great North Dakota resources that can be found there. However, North Dakota history doesn’t take place strictly within our borders. We have relationships with neighboring states and provinces. These relationships have influenced some of the events that have taken place here. I wanted to take some time and highlight what those neighboring areas have for digital history. These sites are great for history research, genealogy, and education. Take some time to explore their collections.
Montana Memory Project
Digital Library of South Dakota
South Dakota State Library Digital Collections
South Dakota Digital Archives
University of Manitoba Digital Collections
Saskatchewan History Online