Posts by Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation

“Bully!” for North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation sees passage of Presidential Library funding as next great moment in history for the state


(MEDORA, ND) – In the early 1950s, Harold Schafer peered over the edge of the butte overlooking the tiny village of Medora and proclaimed, “There’s too much here to let disappear.” His son, Ed, standing by his side, took in the broken-down, old cow town with dirt streets and a ramshackle hotel named for Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, and thought to himself, “But—there’s nothing there!”    

Yet, this was the moment that North Dakota’s tourism industry was born.

Harold saw an opportunity to create something wonderful for generations to come. He didn’t have an eminently-detailed plan that considered every possible scenario, or a multi-page budget document projecting every income and expense, but he knew the legend of Theodore Roosevelt translated across the globe and that his ‘Bully Spirit’ could inspire millions.

Ed Schafer, who went on to serve as CEO of the Gold Seal Company, Governor of North Dakota, United States Secretary of Agriculture, and today our Chairman of the Board, recognizes his dad’s great vision today, “Harold knew that the people and the landscape of North Dakota made Theodore Roosevelt the man who went on to become one of the most famous, well-loved and successful Presidents in the history of this country. Some people thought the whole idea was crazy – but Harold seized the opportunity he saw from the top of that butte and today millions of people have enjoyed Medora and been inspired by this place the same way Theodore Roosevelt was.”

This week, the North Dakota Legislature voted to support building the one-and-only Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum in the world, right here in Medora. We believe this decision is yet another historic moment that our children, and children’s children will look back upon with pride. A moment when our state felt the Bully Spirit within us and had the courage to seize an opportunity that will make North Dakota an even better place for generations to come.

Bully! To the North Dakota Legislature! To Governor Burgum! To the Roosevelt Family, the TR Presidential Library Foundation and to invested donors from across the land! Bully to our friends in Dickinson whose work laid the foundation for this historic project! Bully to the community of Medora and to the many, many people who have forged this remarkable idea ahead over the past two decades – you are truly people in the arena, who have worked hard at work worth doing, and we commend and congratulate you all!

This monumental project is not ours but one we absolutely believe will elevate the entire town and state to new heights. Our colleagues leading the TR Library Foundation have much work ahead to make this historic project a reality, and we at the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation stand ready to, “Do what we can, with what we have, where we are,” to help this incredible, historic effort for North Dakota.

Bully for North Dakota!

Theodore Roosevelt Dakota Datebook Podcasts

We at the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation are proud to support the independently-produced Dakota Datebook segments done in cooperation by Prairie Public Broadcasting, TR Repriser and historian, Steve Stark, and the North Dakota Humanities Council.

Theodore Roosevelt was one of the most influential and iconic Presidents in the history of the United States — and he believed that he would not have reached the heights he did, had it not been for his time here, in the Badlands of North Dakota.

Enjoy these weekly podcast installments shared with permission from our friends at Prairie Public Broadcasting.

Roosevelt and Lincoln

By PRAIRIE PUBLIC Feb 7, 2019

President Abraham Lincoln was a friend with Theodore Roosevelt’s parents. As a youngster at his grandfather’s house, young six-year-old “Teedie” (as he was called), witnessed Lincoln’s coffin procession along New York City’s Broadway.

Lincoln was TR’s presidential hero. Fittingly, these two venerated chief executives earned their destiny to be memorialized in stone, side by side on Mount Rushmore, representing two presidents unified in character and moral leadership.

Listen to episode 5

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2019 Medora Musical Auditions!

Auditions are coming up at the end of January, don’t miss your chance to star in the Greatest Show in the West, the Medora Musical! Performed live and outside 100 nights in a row this western musical complete with history, live animals, fireworks, and some good ‘ol downhome country music is a show unlike any other!

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A Magical Medora Christmas Tour Coming to 24 Communities Across the Region

Show returns for the fourth season, tickets on sale now

Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation announced today the return of fan-favorite show, A Magical Medora Christmas! This year the show will travel to four states performing 30 shows in 24 communities. A Magical Medora Christmas features past and present stars of the Medora Musical. Starring in this year’s tour is former host of the Medora Musical and “Queen of the West”, Emily Walter, Broadway stars Jared Mason, and Job Christenson, musician Chad Willow, and the host of the show, Bill Sorensen bringing the spirit of Christmas to audiences through his gift of humor, magic and love. READ MORE »

First Ever “Medora Wish” to be Granted

Brand new endowment will help more families enjoy Historic Medora, funds first trip for recipient John Wright 

 

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation is wonderfully-pleased to announce the first ever recipient of a fully sponsored trip to Medora, John Wright, will experience the Badlands and more this weekend, August 31 – September 2, thanks to a new fund created by TRMF supporters called The Medora Wish Endowment.

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Summer 2017 Rough Riders Review!

Here it is, our Summer 2017 Rough Riders Review!

 

Take a look! We’re excited to share it with you!

 

And if you like what you see, consider becoming a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF). Perks of joining TRMF include free Medora Musical tickets, free Bully Pulpit Golf Course passes, and our quarterly Rough Riders Review. 

Learn more and sign up here.

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Spring 2017 Rough Riders Review

Spring 2017 Rough Riders Review

Check out our Spring 2017 Rough Riders Review below!

 

We are excited to share with you all that is happening here at the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF)!
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Schafer Stories

Schafer Stories as told by Randy Hatzenbuhler – President of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation

 

  •  Met the Schafers in 1988
  • Became President of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation in 1997

 

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Medora Plays Home to Glasgow Artist

Originally published by the Glasgow Courier

 

Local artist Cathryn Reitler began an Artist in Residency program in the historic town of Medora, N.D., on July 19. As a part of the program, Reitler is living expense-free in one of the town’s 18th century antique homes, where she is able to paint onsite and has a gallery of her works for sale upstairs. Her residency will commence on July 29, with a reception held in her honor showcasing the pieces she has completed during her stay, along with pieces she created in preparation for the residency.

 

Reitler was one of only eight artists selected from a large pool of applicants. “I’ve wanted to do a residency for probably 10 years,” says Reitler, “but before this year, the timing just wasn’t right.”

 

This unfinished painting by Cat Reitler is among the work she is currently developing in Medora.

For an artist, the benefits of being in a residency are considerable, as the position provides a substantial amount of time for the artist to focus intently on creating pieces in an inspirational environment, along with a venue to sell their work.

 

Additionally, Reitler finds it fascinating to be able to compare how western culture is portrayed to Medora’s many tourists, with her own experience as someone who actually lives in the west. She also loves the requirement that she work in a public setting, providing her with the opportunity to connect with an art audience and potential patrons.

 

Just days after her return from Medora, Reitler will be at the Northeast Montana fair, where she will have selected pieces for sale and where she will again be painting onsite.

 

For more information about Reitler’s work, you can contact her at 406-671-0659. She is currently taking commissions for the fall and the holiday seasons. You can also check her out at cathrynreitler.com.

“Hell Roaring Bill Jones”

The man who was known in the Badlands as “Hell Roaring Bill Jones” was actually named “Patrick McCue”.

 

He had come from Ireland where, apparently, he had become embroiled in an argument with an uncle. The argument quickly deteriorated into an altercation and in very short order the unfortunate uncle had been battered senseless. Whether or not he ever woke from his slumbers is unclear but “Bill” quickly adopted his new name and packed for the New World.

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