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Three places added to historic register

BISMARCK -- Three North Dakota properties have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Vikur Lutheran Church in Mountain in Pembina County was constructed in 1884. The church is recognized as the first and oldest Icelandic church in the United States. “These old churches look so cool and they show the detail and emotion that people put into them,” said Lorna Meidinger, Architectural Historian with the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

White Stone Hill near Kulm in Dickey County, is one of many historic sites to make the list. In early September  1863, a conflict arose between General Alfred Sully’s soldiers and a buffalo hunting camp of Dakota. “This was one of the first mass events of its type,” said Meidinger. Also included in White Stone Hill’s nomination is stone buildings and structures built by the Works Progress Administration.

The third property, another WPA project, is the Edinburg WPA Auditorium in Walsh County. The auditorium, which was built in 1938, hosted community events through the 1970s until a hardware store moved into the building in the early 1990s.

The National Register of Historic Places is a list compiled by the federal government. The register is comprised of properties the government considers worthy of recognition and preservation.

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