Celebrating North Dakota’s Rich Heritage


North Dakota Heritage Center

Inspiration Gallery: Yesterday and Today



When the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND) embarked on an expansion of its Heritage Center, the project included a complete redesign of the permanent exhibitions that interpret more than 500 million years of North Dakota’s history and unique environment. The 19,000-square-foot Inspiration Gallery is one of three new exhibits that showcase the SHSND’s outstanding collections. It brings the story to the present day.


Great Plains Exhibit Development Joint Venture, comprised of Xibitz, Lord Cultural Resources and Taylor Studios, worked in collaboration with stakeholders from the museum, the architect and the general public to bring this exhibit to life. In addition, the vision for the gallery was confirmed by consultation with people across North Dakota.


Xibitz is a joy to work with – creative, responsive, organized, efficient, flexible, and innovative.

—Genia Hesser, Curator of Exhibits


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[Connecting to the Past.

The Inspiration Gallery brings the story of North Dakota up to the present while honoring the influence of the past. This connection is revealed using a variety of interpretive techniques – visual, tactile and visceral – to engage multiple learning styles, making the experience meaningful and memorable.]


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X: on this project:

• Lead Firm, Great Plains Exhibit
 Development Joint Venture

• Detail Design

• Production & Installation

 Financial & Contract Management

 Project Management

• Contractor Coordination

• Sub-consultant Coordination

• Facility Interface Coordination

• Construction Drawings

• Lighting Design

• Electrical & Media Integration


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Xibitz created a fun interactive to test visitors’ knowledge of ND agriculture. When visitors correctly align three wheels with seeds, crops and end products a green light and a chime congratulate them. Incorrect answers get a red light and a buzzer.



Soda shops were a favorite hang out in early to mid 20th century. This re-creation includes an elaborate century-old counter and back bar complete with soda fountain, cash register, bottles and advertisements from the museum’s collection.



The large touch table map of North Dakota lets visitors dig deep into the story of settlement experiencing the growth of railroads, highways and population through a dynamic presentation of photos and documents from the state archives.


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