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North Dakota 2010 Heritage Honor Award

Presented by the State Historical Society of North Dakota

22nd Governor’s Conference on North Dakota History, 29 October 2010, Heritage Center, Bismarck

Awards Honoring History Achievements Presented at Governor's Conference on North Dakota History Media Release, 9 November 2010, State Historical Society of North Dakota

Isern and Miller Recieve Awards

Colleague Appreciation

Heritage Profile Honor Award – presented by Chester E. Nelson, Jr., President, State Historical Board

The Heritage Profile Honor Award is given in recognition of those individuals who have made a lasting or significant contribution in preserving, interpreting, promoting, researching, or otherwise extending the knowledge and understanding of the history of North Dakota.

2010 Recipients:
Rebecca Heise, Valley City, North Dakota
Tom Isern, Fargo, North Dakota
Michael Miller, Fargo, North Dakota

Michael M. Miller

A librarian and faculty member at North Dakota State University since 1967, Michael Miller is the founding director and bibliographer for the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection. Michael has over the past 32 years dedicated his professional career to the preservation of the German-Russian culture and heritage in North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains. Since its inception in 1978, this specialized archives has become one of the most comprehensive collections of German-Russian resources in the world. As a North Dakota and German-Russian ambassador Miller conducts annual Journey to the Homeland heritage tours to Ukraine and Germany. He started these tours in 1996 and they continue today keeping Americans connected to their German-Russian heritage.

Miller’s Dakota Memories initiative includes the Oral History Project, Heritage Tour, and an online course. Through the Oral History Project comprehensive research collections have been created, with residencies in communities from South Dakota to Saskatchewan. The Heritage Tour is an outreach and educational program promoting heritage tourism in North Dakota. The most recent program is an online course that teaches the origins and customs of the people that call themselves the Germans from Russia. Miller has developed an extensive website, translated materials, published books, and partnered with Prairie Public Broadcasting on numerous video productions and a weekly Dakota Memories broadcast on public radio. 

A native of Strasburg, Michael Miller conceived and nurtured the German-Russian Heritage Collection, and continues, with great tenacity, to preserve this culture for future generations.

Text prepared by Claudia Berg, State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck

Chester E. Nelson, Jr., President of the State Historical Board, presents 2010 Heritage Profile Award to Michael Miller.
Michael Miller and Claudia Berg, State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Michael Miller and Dr. Tom Isern, Professor of History & Director of the Center for Heritage Renewal, NDSU, receive the 2010 North Dakota Heritage Profile Honor Awards.

Permission to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested by contacting Michael M. Miller