Everyone loves barns. In the old days German Russian families moved from homestead to homestead helping with butchering, harvest and barn raising. There’s a growing movement to preserve the history of the Germans from Russia that settled North Dakota. The acquisition of the Welk homestead, still in the negotiation stages, by the State Historical Society would be a pivotal point from which we could work outward in our preservation projects.
A group of NDSU folks have already been working to repair and restore the barn on the property making it much easier for the state to justify the purchase of the property. Volunteers prove to the powers that be that it means so much to so many folks.
You are invited to be a part of proving up the Welk site August 1-3, as a volunteer to complete the barn repairs. At the same time, citizens from across the region will be invited to visit the site, see the work being done, join in, and take part in other celebratory activities.
If you live in the area, you don’t want to miss the events. If you don’t live near here, making a donation through the link at top of this post would be a great start. If you donate $100 or more you will receive one of Gary Miller’s prints depicting the site.
The information on the site will also fill in more details of what has happened so far and … you will learn how you can be part of a really important event happening in North Dakota.