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Published May 02, 2012, 06:22 AM

Historical society opens N.D. grain elevator photo contest

On the prairies of North Dakota, the grain elevator is a familiar and classic landmark. Now, the State Historical Society of North Dakota has initiated a photo contest to gather images and information on grain elevators in North Dakota.

By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald

On the prairies of North Dakota, the grain elevator is a familiar and classic landmark. Now, the State Historical Society of North Dakota has initiated a photo contest to gather images and information on grain elevators in North Dakota.

Photographs submitted for the contest will be displayed on a webpage that highlights elevators and the grain industry, a news release said, and the grand-prize-winning photograph will be made into a poster.

All photographs and identifying information also will be added to the SHSND files as part of the North Dakota Cultural Resources Survey.

Grain elevators were invented in Buffalo, N.Y., in the early 1840s as places to store grain and have been built out of wood, concrete, steel and other materials in all sizes. They came to North Dakota with the railroad, and their owners have included the railroads, government, cooperatives, private companies and individuals, said the historical society.

The grain elevator photo contest will begin May 8, the beginning of Historic Preservation Month, and will run through Dec. 31. It is open to all amateur photographers. The grain elevators in the photos must be located in North Dakota and the location of the elevator must be included with the submission. Photographs should be taken within the last three years.

To enter the contest, photographers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18. Entries must be at the State Historical Society offices in Bismarck by Dec. 30.

For more information about the contest rules and prizes, go to history.nd.gov/PhotoContest or contact the State Historic Preservation Office at (701) 328-2089.

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