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Wanzek Family Foundation donates to Bonanzaville

Wanzek Family Foundation donates to Bonanzaville

West Fargo, ND: The Wanzek Family Foundation recently donated $65,000 to Bonanzaville in West Fargo, North Dakota. In recognition of the donation, Bonanzaville is renaming their museums gift shop the Wanzek Prairie Store and will name one of the historic village streets after the Wanzek family later this Fall. The donated funds are being used for restoration of the museums historic South Pleasant Church building and for roof repairs on the villages Bjerklie Drug Store. The church, built in 1890 in Christine, North Dakota, was moved to Bonanzaville in 2015 following a fire that destroyed the previous church at the museum.

"Bonanzaville and the Cass County Historical Society play an important role in our region by preserving the history of our area and educating people about where we come from and why we are here in this community," Jon L. Wanzek, President of the Wanzek Family Foundation noted. More information about the Foundations activities can be found at their website at

The Cass County Historical Society has been preserving the countys history since 1954 and opened Bonanzaville in 1967 on the western edge of West Fargo, North Dakota. The site is one of the largest tourist attractions in the area and showcases 43 historic buildings on 12 acres and over 400,000 artifacts in the Historical Societys museum and village including historic automobiles, aircraft, tractors, trains, and more. Additional information can be found on the organizations website at