Hall of Fame display returns, now online
Photo: Mike Gackle, former president of BHG Inc., Garrison, N.D., will become the 57th HOF member when he is inducted May 12, 2023 during the NDNA/SDNA joint convention at Spirit Lake Casino, near Devils Lake, ND.
The North Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame has graduated from a kiosk in the lobby of the Heritage Center in Bismarck to a searchable digital presentation on the State Historical Society’s web site.
Photos and brief bios of the members of the Hall of Fame are now on full display at www.statehistoricalfoundation.org said Dale Lennon, executive director of the State Historical Society Foundation. Once at the site users can click a drop down in the upper right corner of the site and go to a link labelled "ND Newspaper Association."
While all the information from the kiosk display has been migrated to the web site according to Lennon, there is still work to be done to update it and redesign the presentation.
“It’s all there now,” Lennon said. “Now we just have to make it pretty.”
Once that’s done, there are plans to resurrect the kiosk that gave the Hall of Fame a public presence in the Heritage Center.
The NDNA Education Foundation and the State Historical Society Foundation launched the kiosk display more than 10 years ago. Other features were added to the kiosk, including the ND Aviation Hall of Fame, the ND Lions Hall of Fame, the Pioneers of Broadcasting and more.
The touch screen kiosk was taken out of use during the Covid pandemic to avoid the spread of the virus.
Now that the pandemic has passed, there is new technology available that will improve the display and usability of the kiosk presentation, Lennon said. First, though, new equipment will be needed and presentations of the various groups will need to be reformatted.
The NDNA Newspaper Hall of Fame was launched in 1933 with the induction of pioneers Norman B. Black of the Fargo Forum and George Winship of the Grand Forks Herald.
Mike Gackle, former president of BHG Inc., Garrison, N.D., will become the 57th HOF member when he is inducted May 12, 2023 during the NDNA/SDNA joint convention at Spirit Lake Casino, near Devils Lake, ND.