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Heritage Center Expansion Progress

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One construction project in Bismarck is likely to catch your eye.
The nearly 52 million dollar expansion project of the North Dakota Heritage Center is starting to take shape--both inside and out.
Reporter Sarah Gustin has the story.

After nearly 2 1/2 years of construction, the Heritage Center is turning into more than just a blue print.
(Claudia Berg / Expansion Coordinator) "It's been wonderful to watch the progress of the building all those new additions, in what goes into building something like this. It has been intriguing to watch."
The new center doubles the size of the existing Heritage Center--complete with 4 galleries. 
Each gallery represents a moment in time.
Visitors will be able to follow the tracks of dinosaurs, horses and oxen to their next adventure.
(Claudia Berg / Expansion Coordinator) "We are looking at this expanded Heritage Center as really a tourist destination for North Dakota. The original heritage center was a beautiful building and attracted a large number of visitors as well. Over the past ten years there has been a plan in place to build up the infrastructure in North Dakota for heritage tourism. That last component was the expansion of the heritage center."
The history doesn't stop at the walls--pieces of North Dakota's past continue outside into the Pembina River Plaza.
In fact some of the featured artifacts have been discovered during the construction phase.
(John W. Hoganson / ND Geological Survey) "We have uncovered a couple of these right during the construction of the parking lot and building. One of them is huge and we are going to keep that on the grounds here. We are going to move it into the area where are going to have the outdoor amphitheater so people will be able to sit on that as well."
Not just a center for admiring, for experiencing.

The nearly 52 million dollar expansion project is expected to be opened to the public this November.


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