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Posted on: May 2, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City of Bismarck, Bismarck Historical Society to Partner on Celebration

Founders Day 2023 Save the Date Graphic with AddressThe City of Bismarck and the Bismarck Historical Society are partnering on a festive Founder’s Day celebration on Sunday, May 14, from 2-4 PM.  


The celebration will be held at Camp Hancock (located at 101 East Main Avenue in Bismarck), the site where the City of Bismarck first began in 1872. May 14 will not only serve as the annual celebration of the founding of the City of Bismarck but will be the final note of the celebration of the City of Bismarck’s Sesquicentennial. The event will also unofficially kick off Bismarck’s Bicentennial in 2072. 


“This Founder’s Day should be one to remember,” said City of Bismarck Assistant City Administrator Jason Tomanek. “We plan to have an entertaining of programming that will lead up to the burial of a time capsule to be opened in about 49 years.”


A variety of groups will be involved in the afternoon program: 

  • City of Bismarck 
    • Welcome
    • Time Capsule project overview
  • Boy Scout Troop 6 and Elks Chorus
    • Presentation of Colors
    • Pledge of Allegiance and Star Spangled Banner
    • A short program will follow, outlining the troop’s history
    • More patriotic songs
  • Camp Hancock
    • History of Camp Handcock program
    • Variety of games will be provided following programming
  • Bismarck Historical Society
    • Remarks and a short historical program

Following the program, a time capsule with a variety of sesquicentennial and Bismarck-centric materials will be buried at the camp. The time capsule served as a collaboration between the City of Bismarck and Bismarck Public School’s Career Academy. 


Students from the Career Academy designed the stainless steel time capsule, vacuum-sealed its contents, welded the capsule shut, and encased it in rubber. A plaque will be placed over the time capsule to mark its resting location. While attendees won’t be able to see the items in the time capsule, a duplicate set of items will be on hand to peruse. 


Light refreshments will be served at the event and a variety of games and activities will be available for the kids and/or young at heart. 


“The Bicentennial Founder’s Day is on a Saturday in 2072, so you might as well get it on your calendars early,” said Tomanek. “I’ll be 95 that year and am looking forward to seeing you there.”  


Information leading up to, and following, the event will be shared on the City of Bismarck’s social media. Search BismarckNDGov on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms to follow us.


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