A Memorable Speech … Seven Score and 16 Years Ago

19 November
Seven score and 16 years ago (1863), President Abraham Lincoln gave one of the most famous speeches in US history, The Gettysburg Address.

1863: Partial photographic copy of the Gettysburg Address, delivered by President Lincoln at the war cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

Constitution Day – Tuesday, September 17

Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

BSC is celebrating with free donuts in the Student Union from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (while supplies last). Students are invited to play Constitution Trivia on the Mystic Mobile app to win gift cards.


It’s National Honey Month! Sweet.

September is National Honey Month!

Initiated by the National Honey Board in 1989, National Honey Month marks an important time for honey producers and beekeepers. In the U.S., honey collection season typically ends in September as bees secure their hives and prepare for winter.

For the 15th consecutive year, North Dakota led the nation in honey production in 2018. Montana produced the second-most honey, followed by California, South Dakota and Florida. Click to learn more about North Dakota honey & beekeeping.

[Source – BSC Library Database: “North Dakota leads nation in honey production for 15th year.” Associated Press State Wire: North Dakota (ND), sec. News, 17 May 2019. NewsBank: Access World News. Accessed 12 Sept. 2019.]



Treaty of Paris

3 September
The Treaty of Paris was signed this day in 1783, recognizing American independence and ceding Florida to Spain. Learn more about it here on Credo Reference.

TREATY OF PARIS, 1783 – American Peace commissioners, left to right: John Jay, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Laurens,, and William Temple Franklin (B. Franklin’s grandson and secretary). Unfinished painting (because the British commissioners refused to pose) by Benjamin West.

Photograph of the signatures and seals of the 1783 Treaty of Paris. The signatures are English politician David Hartley (1731-1813) (representative of Britain), American politicians John Adams (1735?-1826), Benjamin Franklin (1706 -1790), and John Jay (1745?-1829). (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Amelia Earhart – Transatlantic Flight – May 21, 1932

21 May
This day in 1932, Amelia Earhart completed her historic transatlantic flight.  Learn more about her here

American aviator Amelia Earhart (1898-1937), the first woman to complete a solo transatlantic flight, waves as she emerges from the cockpit of a rotorcraft, Newark, New Jersey, ca. 1935

A Poet’s Tale – BSC Poetry Contest – April 30

Wrap up National Poetry Month in April by participating in BSC’s Poetry Contest!

  • When: Tuesday, April 30, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Basin Auditorium, National Energy Center of Excellence
  • How: Register at the door; open to anyone who wishes to participate in the contest or watch
  • Cost: Free!
  • More than $500 worth of prizes!

Contest Rules

  • Poem must be original
  • Poem must be read out loud
  • Max length: 3 minutes

Need more info? Contact: kevin.cavanagh@bismarckstate.edu

Cover of Poesia, magazine edited by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876-1944), No. 1-2, February-March 1909



It’s World Penguin Day!

25 April
Happy World Penguin Day

The penguin is a flightless marine bird,  family Spheniscidae, order Sphenisciformes, found in the southern hemisphere. A very social bird, penguins live together and usually breed in large colonies. Read more about them here.  

Gentoo penguin {Pygoscelis papua} nesting colony with chicks and adult at nest, Antarctica

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

8 January

Happy Birthday to the King!

Elvis Presley was born on this day in 1935. Click here to learn more about him.

BURBANK, CA – Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley performing on the Elvis comeback TV special on June 27, 1968. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images – Britannica ImageQuest, BSC Library database; retrieved 1/8/19)