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North Dakotan visitors to History Museum make it ‘50’ for all the states



The Valley Center History Museum can now claim that it has had visitors from every state in the Union.

Since its opening in 2013, the local museum has welcomed guests from 49 of the 50 states. Only North Dakota was missing. That changed over the past 30 days when multiple visitors from that state showed up on different days and signed the museum’s guest book.

History Museum President Earl Brown said credit for the Dakota visitors goes to local media which carried stories in print and on line. Most were visiting relatives in Valley Center or Escondido, although one guest said she read the story before leaving her home in Bismarck.

To determine that North Dakota was missing, docents examined more than 31,000 signatures in the museum’s sign-in log which visitors sign voluntarily.

Brown also pointed out that there have been visitors from almost all of California’s 58 counties and from more than 40 nations around the world.

The History Museum at 29200 Cole Grade Road is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit vchistory.org or call 760-749-2993.



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