The Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library will host a Founders Day celebration at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to commemorate the 147th birthday of Bismarck.
The event this year will feature an in-depth look at the Slaughter family, with descendants of one of the founding families of Bismarck answering questions and sharing anecdotes.
“It’s going to be really interesting because yes, we’re telling the story of the Slaughters, but it’s going to be personal,” event organizer Marilyn Snyder said. “Some unique anecdotes, interesting stuff that only the family has seen. It’s going to be fun.”
Frank and Linda Slaughter moved to Camp Hancock when Frank was assigned to be post surgeon. Linda went on to found the first church and school in what is present-day Bismarck.
“The Slaughters were a really important part of the beginning of Bismarck,” Snyder said.
The event will start off with Lincoln Elementary School performing the National Anthem and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The audience will also enjoy renditions of two songs written by Linda Slaughter.
This event is a part of a yearly Founders Day celebration hosted by the library leading up to the city’s 150th birthday, which will be “a huge bash," Snyder said.