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Starting with the history of indigenous people and tribes such as the Ojibwa, Assiniboine, and Dakota, this local history museum offers a variety of programs and exhibits that preserve the human and natural history of what is now northeastern North Dakota. Exhibits center on the lives of fur-traders, Native peoples, soldiers and explorers, and early farmers and business leaders. There is also a special exhibit dedicated to the region's history as a center of nuclear missile installations during the Cold War. The seven-story observation tower in the center of the museum offers an unparalleled view of the area and allows visitors to see up to ten miles in all directions.

The organization also maintains the Orin G. Libby Memorial Reading Room which is full of materials for local historians and genealogists.