The Geographical Center Historical Society continues as sole owner and operator of the museum. Member volunteers and a handful of paid staff built Prairie Village Museum into the important regional institution it is today.
In March 1965 the Geographical Center Historical Society purchased
20 acres of land to establish a pioneer village museum in Rugby, N.D.
Our vast collections span the 1880s through the present, with an emphasis on the turn of the century through the early 1950s. We hold more than 50,000 artifacts, including Native American objects, household items, home furnishing and clothing, farm machinery and tools, and vintage and antique cars.
Zion Lutheran Church was first building moved from its rural location to the museum's village square. Gradually buildings from area communities were added, including: York Jail, Pleasant Lake Bank, Bottineau Telephone office, Penn Depot, Juniata and Silva schools, and more.
All of our historic buildings are fully furnished and connected by a boardwalk encircling the village square. The first of our exhibition halls was dedicated in 1969. Today Prairie Village Museum includes six exhibition halls and 20 historic buildings.