Heritage Center backers campaigning for expansion

Bismarck, North Dakota (AP) 10-08

Supporters of North Dakota’s Heritage Center museum are starting a campaign for a $52 million expansion.

The project would double the size of the present museum. It includes a 60-seat theater, a cafe, children’s galleries and a special display about American Indian history on the northern Plains.

Last year, the North Dakota Legislature set aside $1.5 million for design work on the proposed 97,000-square-foot-addition.

The State Historical Society of North Dakota and its foundation are hosting eight luncheons around the state to display the designs and a model of the project. The first luncheon is being held Monday in Fargo.

Supporters of the Heritage Center expansion want the Legislature to provide $30 million for the project.