History Collections

Rogers and Mary Ellen Aston Collection of the American West


This collection includes artifacts and works of art that recount the conquest and settlement of the American West including its early occupation by native peoples; Spanish conquest and domination; and European American expansion into the West.

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Aston_Sioux Saddle Bags_nd_web

Robert H. Goddard Collection of Liquid-Propellant Rocketry


This collection includes Dr. Goddard’s original rocket launch tower (located on the Museum grounds), rocket assemblies, journals and notes, rare film footage of rocket launches, and a recreation of Goddard’s workshop with machinery, tools, rocket cones, and fully-assembled rockets.

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Goddard and his team with a rocket