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Zap-In students shaking hands with Mayor Norman Fuchs, Zap, N.D.
Zap-In students shaking hands with Mayor Norman Fuchs, Zap, N.D.
TitleZap-In students shaking hands with Mayor Norman Fuchs, Zap, N.D.
Date of Original1969-05
CreatorCantarine, Thomas A., 1944-
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionFour men shaking hands outside. In the background are storefronts including the Western Shop. The man on the right, Zap Mayor Norman Fuchs, is wearing a sweatshirts that says "Zap N.D. or Bust!"

"Early in the evening Friday Mayor Norman Fuchs welcomed young revelers with a smile, an open invitation and a ‘Zap or Bust' sweater. That night with most of the businesses on Zap's Main Street damaged in one way or another Fuchs asked for help. By morning the National Guard, the State Highway Patrol and sheriff's officers from counties around the state were required to finish what the little town of Zap began."
General SubjectPeople
Social life & customs
Subject (LCTGM)People
Clothing & dress
Shaking hands
Subject (LCSH)Zip to Zap Riot, Zap, N.D., 1969
Personal NameFuchs, Norman R., 1923-2000
Organization NameWestern Shop (Zap, N.D.)
LocationZap (N.D.)
Item Number1-72A-2-10
Negative Number1-72A-2-10
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 4 cm.
Publisher of OriginalPublished in The Williston Daily Herald, May 12, 1969, p. 1.
Place of PublicationWilliston (N.D.)
Transcription"Zap, N.D. Zap-In 1969" -- Printed on envelope holding negatives.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryWilliam E. "Bill" Shemorry was a native of Williston, N.D. who began work in the newspaper industry as a newsboy selling the Williston Herald and the Williams County Farmers Press. In 1953, he started to publish the Williston Plains Reporter, which he operated for 25 years before selling to the Williston Herald. Shemorry then began to concentrate on his own writing and photography. In addition to writing many books on the history of Williams County, he also collected photographs of early North Dakota photographers. Shemorry was an active member of the Williston Fire Department, was Civil Defense Chief of Williams County for three years in the 1950's, and was a combat photographer in World War II. Shemorry's photograph of the discovery of oil in North Dakota on April 4, 1951 at the Clarence Iverson No. 1 is one of the most famous oil photographs ever taken, and was published in many national publications.

Zip to Zap started as an article published in the North Dakota State University student paper, The Spectrum, and suggested that the tiny town Zap, N.D. could become the Fort Lauderdale of the North. Zap town leaders were initially welcoming, and the story was picked up nationally. The National Guard was alerted and advised to report for weekend duty between May 9-11, 1969. 3, 000 college students descended on the town for as Shemorry labeled it the Zap-In. The towns supply of beer, food and other consumables was rapidly depleted, and cold temperatures led students to setting a bonfire in one of the Zap city streets. As local law enforcement could not handle the students, the North Dakota National Guard, using fixed bayonets, moved the students out of town. Damage from the Zip to Zap event totaled over $25, 000, and a cafe and bar were totally destroyed. The student governments of NDSU and UND ultimately paid the bills for damages.
Bibliographic ReferenceInformation in description in quotes is from caption under photo printed in the Williston Daily Herald on May 12, 1969, page 1.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection Mss 10958
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-72A-2-10)
Rights ManagementPermission to reproduce this image must be requested from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Ordering InformationTo order a reproduction, inquire about the collection, or provide information about an image, please email Emily E. Schultz at
Digital IDws172A210
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