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Backstage Pass to North Dakota History

This blog takes you behind the scenes of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Get a glimpse at a day-in-the-life of the staff, volunteers, and partners who make it all possible. Discover what it takes to preserve North Dakota's natural and cultural history. We encourage dialogue, questions, and comments!

Virginia A. Nelsen

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Virginia A. Nelsen is the Executive Director of the State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation. The State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation is the 501c3 fundraising arm for the state’s history agency.  In the past fourteen years the Foundation has supported the Society’s desire to increase the investments in the state’s historic resources across the state – providing private fundraising and lobbying efforts for state funding for these investments.   The most recent project is the expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center – with $39.7 M garnered in state funding supported by $12M in private funds to complete the expansion.  Virginia has a background in teaching, business development and marketing.