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History Alive! Programs Planned At Chateau De Mores State Historic Site

 


The French aristocrat and cattle baron the Marquis de Mores will appear at the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site the weekend of June 3-4 in the first History Alive program for the summer. Portrayed by Lance Rustand, the Marquis will share his dreams of a beef empire in the frontier Medora of the 1880s.

A 98-year-old veteran of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) portrayed by Ed Sahlstrom will appear on June 10-11. Sahlstrom will relate experiences of the CCC as it restored the Marquis de Mores’s Chateau from 1939 to 1941.

A.T. Packard, the editor of the Bad Lands Cow Boy, will appear the weekend of June 17-18. Portrayed by Donald Ehli, Packard will discuss his life as the editor of the newspaper from 1884-86.

The Marquise de Mores (Medora) will appear at the Chateau June 24-25. Portrayed by Karen Nelson, this program will center on Madame de Mores’s return to Medora in 1903. Visitors meet Madame in a brief retrospective on her time in western Dakota as well as her life following her return to France, catching a glimpse of the romance of meeting the Marquis, her passion for hunting, and the tragic death of her beloved Mores.

All 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 programs explore the lives and times of decades gone by, combining theater arts with history. The 20-minute monologues are based on original letters, diaries and other documents, many from the archives of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

The Chateau de Mores site and Interpretive Center near Medora is a state historic site managed by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The site opens May 25, daily, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. with the last tickets sold at 4:30 p.m. (MT). For more information, contact the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site at 701.623.4355. Find out about additional upcoming educational programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota at history.nd.gov/events or call 701-328-2666.

 

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