Local resident hopes to preserve Bismarck-Mandan history though photo documentary

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Documentaries help us remember the past. A local resident is doing all he can to keep the history of Bismarck-Mandan straight.

Dustin White spends his time documenting the Bismarck-Mandan area, one snap shot at a time.

White is making an in depth documentary of both Bismarck and Mandan.

He's hoping to preserve the history of the area through pictures.

"My intention is to get photos of all the main structures, all the main features of the two cities and then kind of an overviews of the different blocks," said Dustin White, Bismarck-Mandan resident.

White plans to take 100,000 photos, documenting the complete history of both cities.

He says taking the photos is key for future historians to know what the town used to look like.

"I think it's really important to kind of document what the city looks like, because in 10-20 years it's not going to look the same," said White.

The executive director of the Bismarck Historical Society agrees.

"The state is not nearly as well-known as it deserves to be, and so from that stand point I think a well-done, well-thought out, well-produced documentaries can be a terrific boost for the area," said Walter Bailey, Bismarck Historical Society executive director.

White will offer the film free of charge. It should be completed by 2019.

If you'd like to help Dustin finish his Documentary you can check out his website at documentingbisman.com.