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Grand opening set for Lucien Barnes Pavilion at Bonanzaville

Volunteer Roger Larsen works to build portable walls for the first exhibit "The Lincoln Effect: How the Presidency Changed the Man and the Land" in the rotating exhibit gallery at the New Lucien C. Barnes Pavilion at Bonanzaville in West Fargo.

The new Lucien C. Barnes Pavilion at Bonanzaville is ready for its big debut on Oct. 25. This new 15,000 square foot addition to Bonanzaville has an event center, conference room, rotating exhibit gallery, and additional museum space that will be open year round.

The first exhibit on display in the new rotating gallery is on the 16th President Abraham Lincoln and his influence in North Dakota. The interactive exhibit features components from the Smithsonian, the North Dakota State Historical Society, and Bonanzaville's collection. The exhibit, "The Lincoln Effect: How the Presidency Changed the Man and the Land" will be ready for viewing at the grand opening event.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 25 followed by an open house until 6 p.m. with snacks and refreshments provided courtesy of Sunmart in West Fargo. The pioneer village and the new pavilion will be available to tour during the open house.

Bonanzaville is a pioneer village and museum operated by the Cass County Historical Society, with a mission to collect, display and interpret artifacts relevant to the history and cultural heritage of the Red River Valley. It is the region's largest historical attraction with 43 historic buildings, and more than 400,000 artifacts.

For more information on Bonanzaville and any upcoming events, to volunteer, or to plan a special event on site, contact Julie Trotter at (701)282-2822 or at