2013-01-31 / Top News

Winter memories photos are displayed at the Harry L. Petrie Public Library

By Terri Lang


Librarian Carla Frison invites people to stop in the library to view the winter memories display and bring a pair of warm gloves, mittens, scarves and hats to donate to a homeless shelter. Librarian Carla Frison invites people to stop in the library to view the winter memories display and bring a pair of warm gloves, mittens, scarves and hats to donate to a homeless shelter. In 1908, a newspaperman described North Dakota as “nine months of cold weather and three months of bad sleighing.”

For many years, residents have embraced winter, filling the cold days with outdoor activities such as sledding, snowmobiling, skiing, ice skating, hunting, fishing and other winter games.

A picture display from the State Historical Society entitled “Winter Memories: Having Fun and Keeping Warm” captures those moments. The public is invited to view them at the Harry L. Petrie Public Library through Feb. 28, 2013.

The display consists of large photos on nine panels.

The “Keeping Warm and Having Fun” selection is an invitation to share in the winter memories embraced over 100 years by residents of North Dakota.


Snowboats, snowplanes and ice fishing are featured on this panel. Snowboats, snowplanes and ice fishing are featured on this panel. On the “Dog Sleds, Snowshoes, Bobsleds and Sleighs” collection, photos of dogsleds are shown carrying supplies for native peoples and early fur traders. Also shown are the horse-drawn sleighs and bobsleds that were the standard mode of transportation.

Photos include snowmobiles, made from the Ford Model A and Ford Model T, with tracks and wheels which were used as the mailman’s car. Also, snowboats and snowplanes, which were popular with hunters and rural mail carriers, are part of the historic display.

Children and adults alike are seen enjoying sledding on wooden sleds, ice skating, cross-country skiing and downhill skiing in several ski areas in North Dakota. Several photos are North Dakotans having fun building snowmen and snowforts and having snowball fights.


Snowmobilers will enjoy these historic pictures of early snowmobiles. Snowmobilers will enjoy these historic pictures of early snowmobiles. Ice fishing has been a popular activity for years and so have fishing tournaments. It was noted that 78,000 persons engaged in ice fishing the winter of 2000-2001.

The display includes the photo of the snow angels 1,791 North Dakotans and friends made at the State Capitol Grounds in Bismarck. On March 23, 2002, they set the first record for the Guinness Book of World Records for “Most SnowAngels Made Simultaneously.” They recaptured that title on February 17, 2007, with 8,962 North Dakotans and friends.

The display closes with some special photos of people from all over North Dakota sharing their fondest memories of keeping warm and having fun in the snow.

Library hours are Mondays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed on Tuesdays.

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