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History Alive Programs Planned At Chateau De Morès State Historic Site


August 4, 2021 | View PDF

Medora - Chateau de Morès State Historic Site continues to present its perennially popular History Alive programs. The free programs explore the lives and times of decades gone by, combining theater arts with history. The 30-minute monologues are based on original letters, diaries, and other documents, many from the State Archives of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Presentations are held on the Chateau veranda Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. All times listed are in Mountain Time.

On the weekends of Aug. 7-8 and Aug. 21-22, the Marquis will appear at the Chateau. Portrayed by Lance Rustand, the Marquis will share his dreams of building a beef empire in the frontier town of 1880s Medora.

Madame de Morès (Medora) will grace the Chateau Aug. 14-15 and Aug. 28-29. Portrayed by Karen Nelson, Madame will share a retrospective of her time in western Dakota Territory during the summers of 1883-1886, as well as discuss her life following her return to France.

A 98-year-old veteran of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) portrayed by Ed Sahlstrom will appear Sept. 4-5. Sahlstrom will relate experiences of the CCC as it restored the Chateau from 1939 to 1941. Visitors can also view a temporary CCC exhibit at the Interpretive Center.

The Chateau de Morès is a state historic site managed by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The Chateau de Morès site and Interpretive Center near Medora are open daily, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. MT, through Labor Day. For more information, contact Ed Sahlstrom at 701-623-4355. Find additional upcoming educational programs sponsored by the State Historical Society at


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