Posts in category Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation

Engelstad Foundation Awards $1 Million Lead Grant to New “Access Medora” Initiative

Gift to the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation kicks off new efforts to improve the Medora experience for people with disabilities.

(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is pleased and humbled to announce the receipt of a $1 million kick-starting gift from the Engelstad Foundation to support a new “Access Medora” initiative – an initiative aimed at improving the Medora experience for guests with disabilities through creative, adaptive solutions and unique amenities in North Dakota’s #1 Tourist Destination.

The first project of the initiative is a pair of high-capacity elevators at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre dedicated to guests with mobility challenges. Currently, guests who require mobility assistance are shuttled in golf carts on a walkway shared with pedestrians, and on busy nights, can experience up to an hour wait for a ride out of the theater. These new, high-capacity elevators will take up to 12guests from the top level of the theater to the midlevel plaza, and back, and should reduce wait times to just a few minutes.

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When you play, play hard.

When you play, play hard.
-Theodore Roosevelt

On behalf of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation thank you for your impactful gift to Point to Point Park!

With the generous lead gift of $2,000,000 from the Matt and JoAnn Butler Foundation as a matching grant challenge, we raised $6,114,227 for Point to Point Park. Through everyone’s combined efforts, the challenge was accepted and fulfilled! When you choose to get in the arena, together we accomplish big things in Medora!

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Medora Finds Creative Way to Spread Holiday Cheer With Livestream Christmas Show

Former traveling Christmas show finds a new way to share in communities across the state and beyond.

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is delighted to announce, in conjunction with three sold-out weekends of live shows in Medora, A Magical Badlands Christmas will be available for the first time ever through Livestream and On Demand platforms for folks to stream in their home when it’s convenient for them. 

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Schafer, Hatzenbuhler: A Thanksgiving Like None Other

Every organization and community faced the pandemic challenges of 2020; few can feel as fortunate as the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF).

Thanksgiving for Medora and TRMF has a historic dimension this year.

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So Far, Better Than Expected — Thank you!

A letter from Randy Hatzenbuhler, TRMF President

In an April video message we shared, I said that “when you’re ready, we’ll be here for you.” Today, I just want to say, “thank you.” Thank you to our visitors, to our board, our team and our partners, and to you, our members and supporters.

Thank you, not only for coming to Medora this summer with a few “ND Smart Restart” changes, but for your support, and for the courage you showed to help us all continue doing our good work here in Medora this year.

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Big News For Bully Pulpit

Bully Pulpit golfers are going to start noticing something new about the course as they make their way around this fall, and next spring. We’re making some big changes at the course, and we’re about as excited as we were 16 years ago when we opened the tee boxes for the first time.

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“I Love Medora”

A letter from Colton Keightley,

“My name is Colton Keightley. I am from Willamina, a very small town in Oregon and I am 20 years old. I consider myself somewhat of a unique individual, as I have Cerebral Palsy. Regardless, I do not let this hold me back from living my life to the fullest.”

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Bully Spirit Award Presented by Rolf Sletten

Rolf Sletten, the first ever Bully Spirit Award recipient, presented the prestigious award to the third recipients, Jim and Joanne Kack.

Rolf’s recognition speech of the outstanding Bully Spirit Jim and Joanne have shown over the years follows.

Rolf’s Recognition

Jim and Joanne, in this world there are people who give and there are people who take.

Some people are scared to death that they might give more than they get and consequently, they almost never give anything of themselves, not of their time, their talents, or their money. If on rare occasion, they do give something of themselves, and are not generously and immediately rewarded, they feel that life is unfair, and they are victims cheated out of something they had coming. I think, “What’s in it for me” is a pretty common attitude. Those are words to live by for too many people.

On the other hand, we have people who give willingly, cheerfully, and generously wonderful people. People with soul and conscience who are not afraid to be generous, people who want to give back to other people and to the community. They are people who don’t worry that they might be giving more than they get.  

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Summer 2020 – Medora’s Open, And People Are Happy

What people are saying


How important is it that Medora is open this year? We asked some of our visitors that very question. Here’s what they had to say.

Rick and Andrea Winkjer Collin, Bismarck:


It’s a big deal to have Medora open. It gives us some reassurance, which is really important. So many places have closed. The continuity is more important than ever, given all the distractions we’ve faced this year.

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A Message from TRMF addressing Covid-19.

When you’re ready, we will be ready too

Theodore Roosevelt and Harold Schafer’s lives were generations apart, yet they are connected forever.  Harold’s restoration of Historic Medora awakened the world to the impact that Medora and the Badlands had on the 26th president.

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