About Us

About Us

Bonanzaville is North Dakota's must-see historic attraction. Located in West Fargo, North Dakota we offer tours, special events, and programming year round. As North Dakota's must-see historic attraction, we have 12 acres, 43 historic buildings, more than 400,000 artifacts, and millions of memories. Bonanzaville, is operated by the Cass County Historical Society.

Mission

The Cass County Historical Society is a non-profit organization made up of members of the community who are dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of our region to educate our children.

The mission of Bonanzaville is to collect, display and interpret artifacts relevant to the history and cultural heritage of Cass County and the Red River Valley.

History

The Cass County Historical Society was organized in 1954 and became a nonprofit corporation in North Dakota in 1955. Later that year, we got into the museum business when the Pioneer Daughters donated the contents of their historical museum, which was housed in the basement of Menard Hall at NDSU (then NDAC). It wasn't until 1972 that the present museum building was constructed on land donated by the Red River Valley Fair. Artifacts were then moved from Menard Hall to the new museum. CCHS had been collecting buildings from around the county, and moving them to the location now called Bonanzaville, since 1967. The name refers to the large Bonanza farms that once existed in the Red River Valley.

Over the years, we have accumulated 43 historic buildings with numerous museums, such as the Eugene Dahl Car Museum, the Eagles Air Museum, the tractor museum, the Law Enforcement Museum, and more.

Board of Directors

Bonanzaville’s Board of Directors are chosen from the membership by members at the annual meeting each April. They serve three year terms. The Board of Directors meet monthly on the first Thursday of each month. The meeting dates are posted on the calendar of events page here.

Board Nomination Form

John L Monilaws, President

John Strand, Vice President

Jordan Kelly, Treasurer

Kathleen Toft, Secretary

Ben Hanson

Carol M Siegert

Colin Kloster

Nancy Johnson

Cheryl Severson

Dan Newman

By Laws (PDF)

Staff

Brenda Warren, Executive Director   Contact Brenda

Ashley Boyko, Educational Programmer & Special Events Coordinator   Contact Ashley

Dale Wentland, Facilities Manager   Contact Dale

Tessa Wakefield, Interim Curator Contact Tessa