Incorporated in 1991, Preservation North Dakota operated as an all-volunteer organization for several years, hosting conferences, publishing newsletters, and laying the groundwork for a larger preservation movement. That movement was finally engaged when, by partnering with the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) and North Dakota's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), PND launched the Prairie Churches of North Dakota project.

After assisting the North Dakota SHPO to complete a statewide survey of rural churches, PND used the survey data to develop programs addressing the most pressing issues facing our prairie churches. Many of these early Prairie Churches projects are the forerunners of our most popular programs and services still offered today.

In 2005, PND acquired the Hutmacher Farmstead in rural Dunn County, North Dakota. The Hutmacher Farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; PND has been restoring the property with support from the Save America's Treasures program since 2007.