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Forum staff reports, Published March 28 2013

NDSU speaker series to discuss ‘man camps’

FARGO – Conditions in the “man camps” of the western North Dakota oil fields will be the topic of the next installment of the Curtis Amlund Speaker Series at North Dakota State University.

“The North Dakota Man Camp Project: Social Conditions in the Oil Patch,” will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Memorial Union Rose room.

William Caraher of the University of North Dakota history department and Bret Weber of UND’s social work department conducted the first systematic archeological and historical study of the camps, seeking to uncover the complex environment of the people and settlements that have accompanied the oil boom.

Their presentation is free and open to the public.