Dickinson State University’s Heritage Foundation received its largest donation to date: $ 10 million from the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation.
The money is intended to support the Theodore Roosevelt Center.
DSU chairman Steve Easton said the Center was dependent on special appropriations from the state legislature – and he said that would no longer be the case.
“The main thing the Theodore Roosevelt Center does is digital indexing of articles related to Theodore Roosevelt,” Easton said in an interview.
The Center also sponsors an annual Roosevelt Symposium.
“We also produce K-16 programs on Roosevelt,” Easton said. “The focus is on his time in North Dakota and his conservation legacy, which developed from North Dakota.”
The money will also allow DSU to create a special chair chaired by Theodore Roosevelt, which Easton says is new for the University.
The center is currently in the Stoxen Library on campus. But Easton says he will move to Pulver Hall, which is under renovation.
“In addition to its offices on the second floor, the first floor of Pulver Hall will be an exhibition space,” Easton said.
Easton also said the TR Center will be closely linked to the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Library, which will be built in Medora.
“Our digital library will be the digital library of the TR Library,” Easton said.
Easton said Professor TR would serve as the link between the university and the library, ”Easton said. “This will give us a direct link with the library. “
Over 70,000 documents have been digitized to date.