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Winners for 2012 Bully Expedition 4th grade essay contest announced

Winners for 2012 Bully Expedition 4th grade essay contest announced

NEWS
May 18, 2012

For more information contact:
Dylan Edwards
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
dedwards@medora.com
800-633-6721 ext. 8812

Winners for 2012 Bully Expedition 4th grade essay contest announced

Medora, N.D. – Three North Dakota fourth-grade students were selected the top winners of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation’s 2012 Bully Expedition essay contest. This annual contest is open to all fourth grade students in North Dakota and ties Theodore Roosevelt’s time in the North Dakota Badlands with the fourth grade curriculum of North Dakota History. Entrants responded to the prompt, “North Dakota is a beautiful place because…”

The winners are as follows:
1st Place
Name: Aleasha Marcotte
School: Saint Anne School, Bismarck
Teacher: Paulette Tescher

2nd Place
Name: Josie Wutzke
School: Rita Murphy Elementary School, Bismarck
Teacher: Clarissa Sailer Wald

3rd Place
Name: Isabel Jain Grueneich
School: Ellendale Public School, Ellendale
Teacher: Mrs. Fastnacht

“The quality of entries this year was very impressive, and it was hard to choose only three winners,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. “Every student who submitted an essay did a remarkable job demonstrating their love for North Dakota and explaining why they think North Dakota is a beautiful place. In addition, their strong knowledge of our state’s history was very evident.”

The first prize winner receives a $300 college scholarship and a Bully Vacation Package for a family of four. Second place winner receives a $200 college scholarship and a $50 Medora gift card. Third place winner receives a $100 college scholarship and a $25 Medora gift card. The first, second and third place winners will be recognized onstage prior to the June 10 performance of the Medora Musical.

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Medora is located at the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As North Dakota’s #1 vacation destination, Medora offers family entertainment in an Old West atmosphere.

For more information about Medora, visit: www.medora.com.

For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm

 

New fun and adventure await Medora’s summer visitors

New fun and adventure await Medora’s summer visitors

NEWS
May 8, 2012

For more information contact:
Dylan Edwards
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
dedwards@medora.com
800-633-6721 ext. 8812

New fun and adventure await Medora’s summer visitors

Medora, N.D. – The summer travel season kicks off with National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-13. And this year, more adventure and fun await visitors to Medora. The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation has a variety of new activities and attractions, ranging from kids’ activities and entertainment to shopping and history, in store for its summer guests.

“In addition to the fun activities we’ve always provided our visitors, there’s a lot more to take in this year,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. “Kids of all ages will get a thrill bungee jumping or rock climbing at our new Family Fun Center. Historians have more opportunities to delve into the past, and shoppers can bring home souvenirs made in the U.S.A. And, of course, the Medora Musical boasts new variety acts, some nationally known.”

New Family Fun Center & re-opened Badlands Shooting Gallery

In addition to the existing family activities like mini golf, guests can enjoy the Family Fun Center. This newly-created fun center is entertainment for all ages and features the world’s largest inflatable slide, a bungee jump and rock climbing wall. And back by popular demand is the Badlands Shooting Gallery. This long-time favorite returns in its original spot, around the corner from the Old Town Hall Theater.

Medora Musical variety acts

This year’s Medora Musical spectators will be entertained not only by the talented Burning Hills Singers and Coal Diggers band, but also by variety acts ranging from a Hip Hop roller skating crew featured on  NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent” to a popular comedian featured on CMT and an illusionist.

  • June 8 – 30:               Breaksk8, Hip Hop roller skating dancing crew featured on NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent
  • July 1 – 28:                George Casey, comedian
  • July 29 – Aug. 18:    Etta May, character comedian featured on CMT’s Comedy Stage
  • Aug. 19 – Sept. 8:    Sammy Cortino, illusionist

Tickets to the Medora Musical can be purchased now by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1 or online at www.medora.com.

Opening of the historic Von Hoffman house

As part of the Foundation’s historic preservation and restoration initiative, the Von Hoffmann house has been restored to showcase its historical significance. Formerly the home of the Medora Doll House, the Von Hoffmann house now features a collection of original furniture and period furnishings. Here, visitors can learn about two of Medora’s well-known families and enjoy the gallery of the Ferris family’s correspondence with their friend Theodore Roosevelt.

Made in the U.S.A Mercantile

This new shop provides a unique patriotic shopping experience. The Made in the U.S.A. Mercantile offers a wide variety of souvenir gifts made entirely in the U.S.A., including “Pride of Dakota” items.

A Teddy Roosevelt Salute to Medora

Theodore Roosevelt comes to life in this new, vivid presentation. Learn about Theodore Roosevelt as President, husband, father, soldier and hunter. Much of this new show focuses on Roosevelt’s time in the North Dakota Badlands. Roosevelt is portrayed by Joe Wiegand, who has performed this role nationally, including a White House appearance in celebration of TR’s 150th birthday.

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About Medora

Medora is located at the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As North Dakota’s #1 vacation destination, Medora offers family entertainment in an Old West atmosphere.

For more information about Medora, visit: www.medora.com. For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm

About National Travel and Tourism Week (May 5-13, 2012):

National Travel and Tourism Week, held annually in May, is a salute to travel and tourism in America. It’s a tradition first celebrated in 1984. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

www.ustravel.org/marketing/national-travel-and-tourism-week

TRMF TO RESTORE MEDORA’S VON HOFFMAN HOUSE

TRMF TO RESTORE MEDORA’S VON HOFFMAN HOUSE
Von Hoffman House

Von Hoffman House

For immediate release March 14, 2011

Questions, call Kinley Slauter, (701) 623-4444 or (701) 872-6138

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation announced today plans to restore the historic von Hoffman House in Medora, after receiving a gift of some of the original furniture that was in the house more than a century ago.

The house was built in the fall of 1884, at the request of Athenais von Hoffman, so she and her husband, the Baron von Hoffman, would have a place to stay when they visited their daughter Medora and her husband, the Marquis de Mores, in Medora.  The home is one of only two buildings veneered in local brick that remain in Medora, the other being St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

In 1885, the father of future North Dakota Poet Laureate James W. Foley Sr. moved into the house with his family and began serving as manager of the Marquis’ holdings in Medora.  From that point until sometime in the mid-20th century it was known as the Foley Lodge.  Medora Vallambrosa and her sons gifted the house to the Foley family in 1914, and three generations of the family lived in the house while continuing to serve the de Mores family.  Local residents looked after the house when the Foley family moved out during World War II.

The house was sold to Harold Schafer’s Gold Seal Company in 1969 and became the Medora Doll House. Schafer had visited a doll museum in the Black Hills, and thought it might be a good addition to his new tourist enterprise in Medora. He contracted Mabel Gurney, the doll expert from the Twin Cities who had assembled the South Dakota collection, and she began purchasing antique and interesting dolls for display in the museum. The majority of the current collection had been amassed by the time the von Hoffman House reopened as the doll museum in 1971.  Schafer gave the house to the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation in 1986. The dolls in the collection currently in the house will be disposed of in the same manner they were purchased by Harold Schafer, through private sales to other collectors. Several dolls have been contributed to the collection through the years; efforts are underway to inform their donors of the plans.  They will be removed from the house this spring so work on restoration of the house can begin. The house will serve as a museum to interpret the early history of the town of Medora. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

The furniture is being donated by Jim Davis of Bismarck, a Foley family descendant. Planning for the restoration of the house will take place this spring and summer, construction will start in the fall, and plans are to have the initial restoration and interpretive displays, including the furniture, ready for the public by late spring of 2012.

“There are two stories to be told here,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosvelt Medora Foundation. “Not only that of Medora and her parents, who provided much of the financing necessary to support the Marquis de Mores’ business activities, but also the story of the Foley family, who began by working for de Mores and continued serving the community in numerous capacities for sixty years.”

“Having some of the original furnishings turn up like this is an incredible find,” Hatzenbuhler said. “We’re grateful to the entire Foley/Davis family for their appreciation of Medora history and to Mr. Davis for his generosity. We think visitors to Medora will enjoy having another piece of history come back to life.”

Hatzenbuhler said there may be other items from the original house still in the area, and he urged people who know of any items to contact the Foundation. In particular, he said, they are interested in finding out what happened to the piano which was brought to the house in the 1880’s and was last displayed there in the 1960’s.

Continuing The Legacy of Theodore Roosevelt

Continuing The Legacy of Theodore Roosevelt

Today, Thursday March 3, 2011 at 1 p.m. two Golden Eagles and one Bald Eagle will be released in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

http://www.nps.gov/thro/parknews/eagle-release.htm

This release is a joint effort between Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Dakota Zoo and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The news of the release of these beautiful creatures got me thinking about the true legacy of Theodore Roosevelt.

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

Theodore Roosevelt was an avid hunter and, like many hunters, he was a major conservationist. It was his passion for nature and wildlife that brought him to prod congress to set aside around 230 million acres and make it public land. Its a common misconception that Theodore Roosevelt created the National Park system. The National Park system was technically not created until 1916 while President Wilson was in office. However, Theodore Roosevelt was a fervent supporter of protecting wildlife and did create a number of Bird and other wildlife refuges while in office by order of Presidential Decree.

I think he would be proud to know that the National Park bearing his name and other local organizations are maintaining this spirit today. We are truly lucky to have this beautiful land preserved and available for the public to enjoy while keeping our impact on the land and its inhabitants to a minimum.

Bully!

— Dylan E.

A note from Harold Schafer from 1988 as TRMF was founded:

A note from Harold Schafer from 1988 as TRMF was founded:

“We are moving, oh so slowly, but carefully, into the responsibilities of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.  It is a learning process for all of us.

On the surface, operations in Medora for the traveling public don’t appear different than they did when Medora was operated by Gold Seal Company.  However, behind the scene, legal and accounting professionals are cautiously guiding us though the transition.

Years of patience exhibited by the maintenance crew has been rewarded.  Their new shop is alleviating main street congestion and increasing their productivity.

I’m personally excited by the 1988 version of the Medora Musical.  The enthusiasm and talents of the cast, the patriotic feel and ‘Bully Spirit’ of Theodore Roosevelt inspire all of us.

My obligation today is to see that Medora’s greatness can be carried on after my lifetime, that its’ future can be even better than the past.”

Harold Schafer, 1988

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First Teddy bear goes on sale: Feb 15, 1903

First Teddy bear goes on sale: Feb 15, 1903

On this day in 1903, toy store owner and inventor Morris Michtom places two stuffed bears in his shop window, advertising them as Teddy bears. Michtom had earlier petitioned President Theodore Roosevelt for permission to use his nickname, Teddy. The president agreed and, before long, other toy manufacturers began turning out copies of Michtom’s stuffed bears, which soon became a national childhood institution.

One of Theodore Roosevelt’s hunting expeditions provided the inspiration for the Teddy bear. Ironically, though he was an avid conservationist, Roosevelt-led hunting trips often resulted in excessive slaughter, including one African trip during which his party killed more than 6,000 animals for sport and trophies. However, the idea for the teddy bear likely arose out of one of Roosevelt’s more compassionate acts.

Reports differ as to the exact details of the inspiration behind the teddy bear, but it is thought that while hunting in Mississippi in 1902, Roosevelt came upon an old injured black bear that his guides had tied to a tree. (The age, sex and state of health of the bear remain contested.) While some reports claim Roosevelt shot the bear out of pity for his suffering, others insist he set the bear free. Political cartoonists later portrayed the bear as a cub, implying that under the tough, outdoorsy and macho image of Roosevelt lay a much softer, more sensitive interior.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-teddy-bear-goes-on-sale

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