The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota (2017, NDSU Press), by authors Amy Phillips (formerly Social Work) and Steven Bolduc (Economics), and photographer Wayne Gudmundson (Communications, retired), continues to garner interest. The North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum has curated an exhibit based on Phillips and Bolduc’s book. The exhibit, “The Prairie Post Office,” is in the James E. Sperry Gallery and will run through 2021.
In March 2020, the book and an interview with the authors was the feature story in North Dakota Living magazine. The story, “More than Mail: Prairie post offices connect rural to present and future” is available online.
Prairie Post Office has previously been recognized (1) with a Bronze IPPY award in the “Midwest—Best Regional Non-Fiction” category of the Independent Publisher Book Awards; (2) as a finalist in two categories of the Midwest Book Awards: (a) “Social Science/Political Science/Culture” and (b) “Total Book Design”; and (3) with top honors for the “Notable Document Award” by the North Dakota Library Association. (4) The book was also recognized by the Notable Documents Panel of the Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT), a division of the American Library Association, as “one of this year’s outstanding state and local government publications.”