History Alive Programs Planned At Chateau De Mores State Historic Site
August 7, 2019 | View PDF
MEDORA, N.D. – Chateau de Mores State Historic Site will continue the popular History Alive programs in August and part of September. 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.
The French aristocrat and cattle baron the Marquis de Mores will appear at the Chateau the weekend of August 24-25. Portrayed by Lance Rustand, the Marquis will share his dreams of a beef empire in the frontier Medora of the 1880s.
A.T. Packard, the editor of the Bad Lands Cow Boy, will appear the weekend of August 10-11. Portrayed by Donald Ehli, Packard will discuss his life as the editor of the newspaper from 1884-86.
A 98-year-old veteran of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) portrayed by Ed Sahlstrom will appear on August 17-18. 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.
The Madame de Mores (Medora) will appear at the Chateau Aug. 31-Sept.1 and 7. 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.
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). Carriage rides are offered Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (MT) weather permitting. 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.History Alive Programs Planned At Chateau De Mores State Historic Site