Under Harold’s Hat
Originally published in Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundations 2015 summer newsletter.
Harold Schafer, Legend to Legacy
“I liked to go to musicals. When we took over the show, it was a historical play, and I think I should say I have a deeper appreciation for entertainment than historical plays.”
– Harold Schafer
Biographer Larry Woiwode, received this answer in 1994, when asked about the beginning of the “Medora Musical.” Prior to 1965, the NDSU Theater Department and a local group had been putting on a historical drama, but crowds had dwindled to the point where the show was abandoned. 50 years later, more than three million visitors agree with Harold—they love being musically entertained under the stars in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre. READ MORE »
Schafer Stories: as told by Randy Hatzenbuhler – TRMF President
- Met the Schafers in 1988
- Became President of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation in 1997
Interviewed June 19, 2017
“I came to Medora because of Rod Tjaden, who was as good of a boss as you could have.
But I stayed and fell in love with Medora because of Harold Schafer.
I remember my very first recollection of Harold.
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Schafer Stories: as told by John Hild – Former TRMF Maintenance Director and current owner and rancher of the land that was once the Maltese Cross Ranch.
Interviewed June 26, 2017
“I was 14 years old when Harold first came into Medora; that would have been back in the early ‘70s. My mom actually worked for Harold, she was the Head Housekeeping at the Badlands Motel and we grew up as ranch kids out in the ranching industry.
At that time Harold was getting Medora built up and rebuilt to what it is, you know, before today- regenerating it.
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