History Alive Programs Planned At Chateau De Mores State Historic Site
June 12, 2019 | View PDF
Medora, ND – Chateau de Mores State Historic Site will present its perennially popular History Alive programs again this summer. This years’ lineup includes portrayals of the Marquis de Mores, Madame de Mores, A.T. Packard, and a Civilian Conservation Corps worker. Presentations will be held on the Chateau veranda on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (MT). History Alive programs are free and open to the public.
A 98-year-old veteran of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) portrayed by Ed Sahlstrom will appear on June 1-2. Sahlstrom will relate experiences of the CCC as it restored the Marquis de Mores’ Chateau from 1939 to 1941. Visitors can also visit a temporary CCC exhibit at the Interpretive Center.
A.T. Packard, the editor of the Bad Lands Cow Boy, will appear the weekends of June 8-9 and June 22-23. Portrayed by Donald Ehli, Packard will discuss his life as the editor of the newspaper from 1884-86.
Madame de Mores (Medora) will appear at the Chateau June 15-16. Portrayed by Karen Nelson, this program will center on Madame de Mores’ return to Medora in 1903 after spending summers at the Chateau from 1883 to 1886. Visitors will meet Madame in a brief retrospective on her time in western Dakota as well as her life following her return to France.
The French aristocrat and cattle baron, the Marquis de Mores, will appear at the Chateau the weekend of June 29-30. Portrayed by Lance Rustand, the Marquis will share his dreams of a beef empire in the frontier Medora of the 1880s.
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 State Archives of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
The Chateau de Mores is a state historic site managed by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The Chateau de Mores site and Interpretive Center near Medora is open daily, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (MT). For more information, contact Ed Sahlstrom 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.