Souvenir shopping while attending the Midwest Chapter meeting in Bismarck will be easy. The Sunday social event is being held at the newly renovated Heritage Center, where the Museum Store has expanded to include new items. Gift shop hours that night will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
On a recent shopping trip, I spotted Pride of Dakota and other items for children and adults:
- Tshirts, shirts, & sweatshirts
- Toys and puzzles
- Books (every librarian needs more!)
- CDs & DVDs
- Furry Animal hand puppets
- Craft kits for cornhusk dolls, old fashioned sewing cards, and cats cradle
- One-of-kind art items vary but may include handblown glass art and sculptures.
If you cannot find what you want at the Heritage Center Museum Store, a side trip to Plaza Drug might be an option for you. They have the largest selection of Pride of Dakota items I have seen in Bismarck (other than at the Heritage Center).
The best place to shop for Native American items is Five Nations Arts located in Mandan’s historic Burlington Northern Railroad Depot. (If you’re curious, the “five nations” are Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara) and the Lakota and Dakota Sioux. The six-mile drive from the conference hotel is well-worth it, but plan ahead as they are closed evenings and Sundays.