Stern Homestead tours announced

The Mott Gallery of History & Art, along with the John Stern family, offers public tours of the Stern Homestead twice this summer.Stern HomesteadPublished July 17, 2013

The Herald

Submitted by Geno Sloan

The homestead is listed on the National Historic Register and is said to be the best original example of this type of structure still standing in North Dakota. It is easily accessible two miles east of Mott on Highway 21.

Constructed in 1907, the unique German-Russian style has animal shelter, storage and living area all under one roof. The design from Russia provided convenience, a source of heat and minimal contact with fierce winter winds.

Volunteers will be at the site from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 27th and again Sunday, Aug. 25th to tell the story of the immigrant family and of early struggles as they made a life on the North Dakota prairie. Donations are accepted.

The Mott Gallery downtown is also open during those hours, with local art and history exhibits, plus a mural depicting area homesteaders’ trek from the Northern Pacific Railhead south to the local area. For more information on the tours call 701-824-2861.

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