State Song

North Dakota Hymn with words by James W. Foley and music by Dr. C. S. Putnam

In 1926 Minnie J. Nielson, North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction, asked Poet James Foley of Bismarck to write the lyrics for a song about North Dakota. Foley created a poem that could be sung to the tune, The Austrian Hymn. Dr. C. S. Putnam, conductor of the North Dakota Agricultural College Band in Fargo, arranged music for Foley's work. The First public presentation of the North Dakota Hymn was in the Bismarck City Auditorium in 1927.