Conserving the Legacy of Theodore Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt in Medora

No bully about it – September is everything Teddy Roosevelt in Medora

(MEDORA, ND) – Theodore Roosevelt first stepped off the train into Dakota territory on September 8, 1883, and exactly 136 years later Teddy will take over the town again in September.

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The Man Behind the Voice

Behind-the-scenes interviews with Medora employees | By Jewel Eliese

You’re driving in your car listening to the radio, humming away to some great music. Then the song stops and you hear a silky sounding male voice, full of depth and emotion.

And you wonder, what is the story behind this radio man’s voice?

We were able to sit down and speak with a Medora employee whose dream is to one day be that man behind the radio. There may be a day when you’ll hear the voice of James Mozey on your drive to work and think how wonderful it is that you know his fascinating story.

And how Medora was a part of it.

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Medora Wish Granted

Rainann Medora Wish Recipient 2019
Donor initiative grants a second Medora experience

The Medora Wish Endowment, funded by donors of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, brought smiles to a new face this summer. Rainann Bull, a 17-year-old from Jamestown, stepped into town July 12 as the second ever to receive a trip to Medora sponsored by the Medora Wish Endowment.

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36 Hours in Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The rugged North Dakota badlands complement the laid-back charm of tiny Medora for a getaway that promises awe-inspiring views, comfortable accommodations, cowboy eats and even a musical revue.

By Alicia Underlee Nelson

Near the Montana border, you’ll find plenty to explore in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Medora, the town that sits at the entrance to the park’s South Unit. Here’s our guide for a long weekend getaway.

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Lady Behind the Stories

Hannah

Behind-the-scenes interviews with Medora employees | By Jewel Eliese

You might not have seen her.

She is the quiet one, sitting in the office typing and making graphic designs for posters and scheduled events. The gatekeeper, as she calls marketing, for the guests and staff.

When you meet her, you will be greeted with a small smile and pleasant conversation. And you can tell one thing. She’s really listening to what you have to say, learning your life story.

And it’s an honor to take a moment and get to know Hannah Kroll, the marketing intern and lady behind the stories.

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Man Behind the Broom

Kornelius - Employee

Behind-the-scenes interviews with Medora employees | By Jewel Eliese

He is more than just the man behind the broom.

The ‘Just Like Harold Award’ is an award given to employees who have shown excellence in the ways Harold was wonderful – like his spirit, love for life, and joy for every part of a job.

For Kornelijus Zakaras, his work ethic is why he was nominated.

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Wendy Ross: Naturally, An Outdoor Woman

Wendy Ross

By Stephanie Fong | Photos by Rachael Neva Photo | Published in Inspired Woman Magazine, July 2019

The American naturalist and author Enos Mills wrote, “Within National Parks is room — glorious room — room in which to find ourselves, in which to think and hope, to dream and plan, to rest and resolve.” His words seem to be written for Wendy Ross, a woman whose entire life is virtually woven into the fabric of our national parks.

Wendy, the superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park since 2015, regularly immerses herself into the glorious room that is the North Dakota Badlands to recharge her batteries, ponder her challenges, and grow her dreams for the national park under her care.

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Lady Behind the Counter

Behind-the-scenes interviews with Medora employees | By Jewel Eliese

Maybe you’ve seen her?

It may have been during one of the employee campfires, or at the Life Skills Center where she sits with people from every country, or perhaps you met her while she was behind the counter of the Rough Riders Gift shop totaling up your purchase.

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Man Behind the Dishes

Man Behind the Dishes

Behind-the-scenes interviews with Medora employees | By Jewel Eliese

Medora brings people from all over the world to experience the majesty of the Badlands, the nightly musical, and its wonderful history. To adore it.

This includes the employees.

Recently, we were able to speak with one of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation’s employees. His name is Jhin Xern Yeo but in the United States, he prefers people to call him Jason as it’s easier to say. He is from Malaysia and it took him more than 30 hours and three flights to get to Medora.

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Teddy’s Bear

By Hannah Kroll | Medora, ND

It’s National Teddy Bear Picnic Day today!

The little teddy bear holiday might not be widely practiced elsewhere, but we at Medora love to celebrate these history-stuffed toys. You can probably guess why. The link between the teddy bear and Teddy Roosevelt runs deep. For those who have not yet heard the tale, let’s take a trip back to 1902 – a hunting trip with our 26th president Theodore Roosevelt.

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