Man Camp Dialogues

The Man Camp Dialogues

The Man Camp Dialogues bring the scholars of the North Dakota Man Camp Project, a collaborative research initiative headquartered at the University of North Dakota, into dialogue with the regional public through a series of free public forums. For summary information about forum content, see this prospectus. Here is a study guide for forum attendees. In the table below, the program dates are links to posters for the programs.

Schedule of Forums
Date & TimeTown & VenueHost OrganizationLocal Contact
1-3pm Sunday
8 March 2015
High Plains Cultural Center
Dunn County Historical Society & MuseumJennifer Strange
7-9pm Friday
17 April 2015
Ellendale Opera House
Ellendale Area Arts CouncilKen Schmierer
2-4pm Sunday
3 May 2015
Sibyl Center
The Sibyl CenterJaninne Paulson
(H) 701-628-3339, (C) 701-629-9783
6:30-8:00pm Friday
31 July 2015
Capital LodgeCapital LodgePeggy Tolman
Additional forums are under consideration - contact Dr. Isern (contact information below)

Major funding for the Man Camp Dialogues comes from the University of North Dakota and from the North Dakota Humanities Council, North Dakota's state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The forums are organized by the Center for Heritage Renewal, North Dakota State University. For general organizational information about the Man Camp Dialogues, contact Tom Isern, director of the center, 701-799-2942 or For content information go directly to the scholars of the North Dakota Man Camp Project.

Press coverage of the Man Camp Dialogue in Killdeer on 8 March 2015 was impressive and gratifying. Fox News West previewed the forum, after which Nina Carter provided full coverage of the Man Camp Dialogues. Lauren Donovan gave details of the forum for the Bismarck Tribune, while Katherine Lymn did the same for the Dickinson Press. Both stories were picked up by other regional media. Scholar Bill Caraher first recounted his return to man camp country in connection with the Killdeer forum and then reflected on the experience.

Center for Heritage Renewal