History Alive! Features Felix at Chateau de Mores State Historic Site July 25-26
MEDORA- Friedrich Felix Gollnick, an adventurous 19th century immigrant from Germany to Dakota Territory, will appear at the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, Medora, the weekend of July 25-26. Portrayed by Donald Ehli in the popular History Alive! program, Felix will describe his colorful life, including stints as a buffalo hunter, homesteader, and employee of the Marquis de Morès. Performances will be on the veranda of the Chateau at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (MT).
The free History Alive! performances are part of summer programs sponsored by the state’s history agency, the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Twenty-six letters written by Felix Gollnick are the primary documents for Ehli’s portrayal of Felix, with a focus on the two years he spent at Little Missouri/Medora. Mr. Ehli holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in theatre arts from Dickinson State University, and has worked at the Chateau de Mores site since 2001. Mr. Ehli is an abstractor with the Dickinson Guaranty and Title Company, and an adjunct lecturer in communications at Dickinson State University. He has acted in and directed numerous productions at Dickinson State and community theatre in Dickinson.
The State Historical Society of North Dakota sponsors the History Alive! program to explore the lives and times of decades gone by. Begun in 1988, the unique program combines the theater arts with history. The character monologues, about 20 minutes in length, are based on original letters, diaries and other documents, many from the archives of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.