This Date in History – Louisiana Purchase – April 30, 1803

30 April
The US purchased the Louisiana Territory this day in 1803, doubling the size of the country for less than three cents an acre. Click here to learn more.

Be sure to search the ODIN Library catalog for books and streaming video, too.

United States Territorial Acquisitions, 1783-1853

The Louisiana Purchase: A Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia by Junius P. Rodriguez, c2002. Available at BSC Library (Oversize E333 .L69 2002)

Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance – Thursday, April 26

Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance

“The Mission of Herman Stern” – Documentary Film & Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 26, 2018 — 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. — NECE Basin Electric Auditorium

The screening of the 32 min. film will be followed by a panel discussion with: Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas; Art Phillips, documentary director/producer; and Carl Oberholtzer, history scholar, secondary lesson plan writer, and producer.

This commemoration event is in observance of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and is sponsored by the Bismarck State College Embracing Diversity team, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), the North Dakota National Guard, and Video Arts Studios.

“The Mission of Herman Stern” tells the story of a North Dakota clothier who rescued more than 100 German Jews from the impending Holocaust in Europe. Herman Stern, himself a German Jewish immigrant to the United States, began by sponsoring the immigration of relatives, and expanded his efforts during the thirties until he developed a plan to settle hundreds of Jewish refugees in North Dakota. While the onset of the war in 1939 stalled the larger effort, Stern continued to sponsor refugees and was ultimately responsible for more than 125 people coming to America and safety.

Learn more about Herman Stern by reading You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me: Herman Stern and the Jewish Refugee Crisis by Terry L. Shoptaugh (Fargo : North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 2008). Available at the BSC Library.


Join us.


We Have a Termesphere®!

As part of ArtsQuest, internationally acclaimed artist Dick Termes was on campus last week to talk about his one-of-a-kind spherical paintings, known as Termespheres®. Several were on display at the Gannon Gallery in advance of his visit.

Termes gave BSC one of his Termespheres®, entitled “Universal Campus,” and it now hangs in the BSC Library’s Commons area.  Come & see it!

“Each Termesphere® is a revolving three-dimensional space/time exploration of an entirely closed universe, meaning that what you see, rotating in front of you, is one complete world or environment. What you are seeing when you look at a Termesphere® is an optical illusion – an inside-out view of the total physical world around you on the outside surface of a hanging, rotating sphere.”

For more information about Dick Termes and his work, go to

BSC Library – Your Information Resource

The end of the semester is almost here.

Whether you need help with projects and papers, or a quiet place to study or do group work, the BSC Library is the place to be — online or in-person.

  • Ask our librarians to help you find the information resources you need
  • Use our study rooms and library commons for group work
  • Head to the quiet reading room for solo study

See you at the Library!


“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” — Benjamin Franklin

April 17, 2018

Today is the filing deadline for your 2018 tax return. Find out more about taxation here.

‘No Income Tax!’ American cartoon comment by C. Jay Taylor, 1894, on the income tax enacted that year.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Studio portrait of American clergyman and Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968) as he stands behind a wicker chair, 1964. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Source: BSC Library’s Britannica ImageQuest database

4 April

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago today in Memphis, Tennessee.

Learn more about Dr. King here.