Welcome to Agincourt: Architecture teacher designs town and its history

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Welcome to Agincourt: Architecture teacher designs town and its history
Pi Sangporm and Sara Lillegaard created architectural models for the Agincourt project. / Photo: John Lamb

You won’t find Agincourt, Iowa, on a map, but if you want to visit the town, just talk to Ron Ramsay.

Ramsay is the welcoming committee, historian and, in a way, founder of the 162-year-old town.

Agincourt is a product of Ramsay’s imagination, but the small town doesn’t exist solely in his mind. He’s collaborated with others to collect and display the town’s relics through Sunday at the Rourke Art Museum.

The exhibit, “Agincourt Homecoming,” winds up with a closing reception on Sunday, the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, a definitive English victory in the 100 Years War, for those who don’t remember their late Medieval history.

Ramsay, an architecture teacher at North Dakota State University, is not one of those people. As “Agincourt Homecoming” illustrates, he has an eye for history and details. The show is a mix of architectural models, ornaments, maps, vintage outfits, paintings, fabric art and even a family tree. The display is an imagined history exhibit in an art museum instead of a small-town heritage center or library. […]

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