Title: Gardar-Mountain Unit of the Pembina County Pioneer Daughters Records
ID: OGLMC 1505
Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet
Documents the history of settlers in Gardar and Mountain, North Dakota
The Gardar-Mountain Unit of the Pembina County Pioneer Daughters was organized March 9, 1941, by a group of women gathered at the home of Mrs. H. Olafson. As a local unit of the county-wide Pembina County Pioneer Daughters organization, the Gardar-Mountain Unit was concerned with preserving the local history of their community, celebrating the Icelandic roots of the immigrants that settled the area, honoring pioneer women, and organizing cultural events in their community. They held gatherings to honor the pioneer mothers (women who had settled in the Dakota Territory and married before North Dakota became a state in 1889) on a regular basis, and annually lit candles to remember those mothers who had passed away during the previous year (the last pioneer mother died in 1964). They were active in historic preservation, collecting genealogical information, biographies, and artifacts associated with Pembina County, as well as promoting an awareness of the region's Icelandic cultural heritage through food, traditional songs, pageantry, and the construction of historical monuments.
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Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robison Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Note: Source: Marilyn Hansen, Midland, Texas (via Irene Levang, Edmore, North Dakota).
Related Materials: OGLMC 1210: Pembina County Pioneer Daughter Records
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Gardar-Mountain Unit of the Pembina County Pioneer Daughters Records. OGLMC 1505, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid added to Archon in September 2015.
Collection Material Type: Organizational Records
Scope and Contents: The Gardar-Mountain Unit of the Pembina County Pioneer Daughters Records consist of two volumes and five folders. The oldest volume, a brown notebook labeled “Record Indexed” covers the period from the unit’s founding in 1941 until 1954. It contains primarily meeting minutes. The second volume, a gray and red book with “Record” printed on the cover, contains meeting minutes from the period 1960 through 1969, as well as some other documents. Loose items that were originally wedged between the pages of both of these volumes have been separated into folders. Folder one contains unsecured contents removed from the “brown book” (includes manuscript speeches, individual biographies, and newspaper clippings), and folder two contains similar items separated from the “gray book” (newspaper clippings and tributes from memorial services for departed members, etc.). The collection originally contained an additional mint-green colored volume labeled “Scrapbook,” but the documents contained therein have since been separated into folders 3-5 (the book itself was discarded). Folder three contains a number of biographies and biographical documents relating to the pioneer women who settled in Pembina County during the period immediately preceding the admission of North Dakota to the Union. These documents have been placed in alphabetical order for easy location (see index below for details). Folder four holds a small brown notebook containing handwritten biographies of three pioneer women, while folder five contains miscellaneous items removed from the “Scrapbook.” Since it is anticipated that the biographies of pioneer women contained within this collection will be the items of greatest interest to researchers, the archival staff has compiled a comprehensive index of biographies and documents containing biographical information, arranged alphabetically by name.