ABOUT US 

Bonanzaville, USA is owned & operated by the Cass County, ND, Historical Society

Located in Cass County just outside of West Fargo at 1351 Main Ave West ~ West Fargo, ND 58078,  We offer tours, special events, and programming year round on 12 acres.  With 41 historic buildings, more than 400,000 artifacts, and millions of memories; Bonanzaville is North Dakota's must-see historic attraction.

MISSION STATEMENT

Bonanzaville, USA, where we are dedicated to the Education, Enlightenment and Enrichment of the lives of our guests through the use of History; by preserving, sharing and connecting the past with the present.

 

VISION:

 

A place of interactive unique experiences that inspires people of all ages to learn about early pioneers, their descendants and their impact; a place called Bonanzaville, USA.

 

SHARED VALUES:

 

The People:

 

Bonanzaville, USA where North Dakota Nice is part of our History.

 

Bonanzaville, USA will hold its Board, its employees and volunteers to the highest                        standards of conduct.  We will be Politically Neutral, Civic Minded, and Ethically                              Sound in our presentation of the history of our area.

 

Bonanzaville, USA where we care about our volunteers and staff; where we are                            committed to finding and developing great people.

 

The value of:

 

Bonanzaville, USA a place for the community and others outside the area to be                              educated and enlightened about the diverse history of the area.

 

Change, to embrace it as change is essential to growth.

 

Why we are here:

 

To support the community though education and example.  With educational, civic,                        patriotic, and entertaining programs and demonstrations.  

 

To focus on the Safety and Security of our visitors, clients, volunteers and staff.

HISTORY

The Cass County, North Dakota, Historical Society (CCHS) 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 historic museum housed in the basement of Menard Hall at NDSU (then NDAC) to Bonanzaville, USA.

 

Since 1967, CCHS had been collecting buildings from around the county, and moving them to the location now called Bonanzaville, USA on land donated by the Red River Valley Fair. The name refers to the large Bonanza farms that once existed in the Red River Valley. It wasn't until 1972 that a building to house our museum was constructed.   Artifacts were then moved from Menard Hall to the new museum.  Our collection now numbers over 400,000 items that are in either our permanent collection or our educational collection.

 

Over the years, CCHS has accumulated 36 buildings, many with Historical significance or containing Period Artifacts, while others house the Eugene Dahl Car Museum, the Eagles Air Museum, the Moen Tractor Museum and the Law Enforcement Museum.  

 

Board of Directors

 

The Cass County, North Dakota, Historical Society – Bonanzaville, USA, is governed by a Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director. The current board commissioned an updated strategic planning guide, created a five year business plan and implemented yearly audits. The current board, future boards and our community will be challenged to find the funds and means to maintain and repair many aging buildings that have been neglected for years. Several may be lost, but the majority with proper care will survive so future generations can experience a bit of the past.  Hopefully, our community will be up to the challenge.

 

                                                                                             “As leadership traits go, courage is the big one. It comes from facing and                                                                                   overcoming fear. And the reward for that effort couldn't be bigger.”

                                                                                                                                                                         Steve Tobak, columnist

Current Board Members

Current Board Members

The Board of Directors is chosen by members, from among the membership, at the annual meeting in April. They serve three-year terms. The Board of Directors meet the third Wednesday of each month.

Click to see the: Monthly Meeting Dates

  • John Lund - President

  • Jonathan Haux– Vice President

  • Jana Tronier – Secretary

  • Dan Suckert– Treasurer 

  • Brad Nudell
  • Tom Kenville

  • Elton Solseng

  • Kristen Fellows

  • Angela Smith

  • Laura Maeyaert

  • Brock Tallakson

Current Staff Members and Associates

 
  • Beth Jansen, Executive Director

  • Meg Solberg, Special Events & Wedding Coordinator

  • Tyler - Maintenance Manager

  • Brad Stedman, CPA

  • Kaitlynn Anderson , Intern, North Dakota State University; Acting Curator & Intern Coordinator

  • Luke Jordahl-Collections Assistant