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Theodore Roosevelt To Perform At Edgewood Vista, Touchmark Locations

Theodore Roosevelt To Perform At Edgewood Vista, Touchmark Locations
Performances provided at no charge through partnership with TR Medora Foundation and Assisted Living Facilities


(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation is excited to announce an update to its annual “TR Tour” that includes donated performances to residents of senior living locations around the state.

The annual tour by “Medora’s Thedore Roosevelt,” has taken place each spring for the last four years and has included stops at locations ranging from numerous elementary schools, to the training facility of “America’s Big Stick,” Minot Air Force Base’s 91st Missile Wing — aptly named after Roosevelt’s U.S. Army Unit, the Rough Riders.

Joe Wiegand at Minot Air Force Base, 2015

This year’s tour, while including private gatherings for supporters of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, will focus on giving back to North Dakota seniors living in assisted living facilities.

TR speaks with a school group.

Medora’s Theodore Roosevelt is portrayed by the renowned repriser, Joe Wiegand, who travels internationally bringing the 26th President to life. Wiegand has performed as Theodore Roosevelt at the White House, for documentaries on the History Channel, at Wrigley Field during the 2016 World Series, and during the Centennial Celebration of the National Park System in 2016, to name a few.

A TR Salute to Medora shows June 1 – September 9 in Medora.

Wiegand reprises Roosevelt all summer long in Medora, in his entertaining and historically accurate show A TR Salute to Medora, that shows June 2 – September 9 this summer.

The full schedule of donated shows is below. Media and family of residents are invited to attend.


April 21 – Fargo, ND
10:00 – 11:00a.m. 
Edgewood Vista
4420 37th Ave S
Edgewood contact: Brooke Zarling, Life Enrichment Director

2:30 – 3:00p.m.
Touchmark at Harwood Grove
1200 Harwood Drive s
Touchmark contact: Anne-Marie Fitz

April 22 – Grand Forks, ND
10:00 – 11:00a.m.
Parkwood Senior Living
749 S 30th St
Parkwood contact: Liz Simpson, Life Enrichment Director

April 24 – Bismarck, ND
2:00 – 3:00p.m.
Edgewood Vista and Village
3406 Dominion Street
Property contact: Jodi Weszner, Life Enrichment Director

3:30 – 4:30p.m. 
Edgewood Senior Living
3124 Colorado Lane
Property contact: Tammy Getz, Life Enrichment Director

April 25 – Jamestown, ND
3:30 – 4:30p.m.
Edgewood Senior Living
1104 25th St. SW
Property contact: Tonya Perkins, Executive Director

April 26 – Mandan, ND
2:00- 3:00p.m.
Edgewood Vista Mandan
2801 39th Ave SE
Propery contact: Gwen Beckler, Marketing Director

April 27 – Minot, ND 
2:00 – 3:30p.m.
Edgewood Vista
800 16th Ave SE
Property contact: Tracy Brotherton, Lifer Enrichment Director

3:30 – 4:30p.m.
Somerset Court
1900 28th St. SW
Property contact: Ara Bruce, Activity Director

May 4 – Bismarck, ND 
2:00 – 3:00p.m.
Touchmark on West Century
1000 West Century ave
Property contact: Amy Miller

Each show is slatted to run approximately 40 minutes with additional time for interaction with residents, guests, and media following.

More information about “Medora’s TR” can be found at MEDORA.COM or

Medora to Release New Book to Help Celebrate National Parks Centennial

(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) invites members of the media to a press event to release a brand-new book chronicling Theodore Roosevelt’s time ranching in the Badlands. The book is titled, Roosevelt’s Ranches, and was authored by Medora historian, Rolf Sletten.

Theodore Roosevelt – as reprised by the renowned Joe Wiegand – will speak about the impact his time ranching in Dakota had on his life and Presidency – a time he later recalled was the “romance” of his life.

The release of Roosevelt’s Ranches will be held:

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
North Dakota Heritage Center, Great Plains Theater
612 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, ND

Roosevelt’s Ranches was commissioned to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our National Park System that Roosevelt shaped READ MORE »

So You’re Going to TRNP: Here’s Where to Eat, Sleep, Play (and More)!

So You’re Going to TRNP: Here’s Where to Eat, Sleep, Play (and More)!

Your need-to-know info for The New York Times’ #5 “Must Do in 2016”

The Theodore Roosevelt National Park has been called many things – the New York Times recently named TRNP the #5 place to visit in 2016 and Josh Duhamel just let the world know that the Park is one of his favorite places to visit!

No joke! Check it out.

So it looks like it’s about that time you set off on your own Theodore Roosevelt National Park adventure. Here’s everything you need to have the adventure of a lifetime!

Hike in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

So, here are some recommendations to help finalize your trip to TR National Park this summer.


Keeping Teddy’s words alive: Wiegand agrees to perform in Medora through at least 2015

Keeping Teddy’s words alive: Wiegand agrees to perform in Medora through at least 2015

Story originally published by The Dickinson Press, 9/3/2013
By: Bryan Horwath

Desiring to move on professionally and get out of the political arena, Joe Wiegand’s career took an ironic turn: It ascended him to the White House.

Now then, we know the current U.S. president is Barack Obama and that nobody named Joe Wiegand has ever actually served as commander-in-chief, but, during the early years of the 20th century, a man named Theodore Roosevelt did serve as president and six days per week every summer, Wiegand channels his inner bully to perform as America’s 26th president in Medora.

Joe Wiegand as Theodore Roosevelt

On Monday, Wiegand donned his black three-piece suit and top hat during one of the final hot days of the summer of 2013 as he delighted close to 40 spectators at the Old Town Hall Theater with his performance “A Theodore Roosevelt Salute to Medora.” READ MORE »

13 people you should meet in Medora!

13 people you should meet in Medora!

SS close-up with flag 2

Sheila Schafer – Sheila Schafer is the heart and soul of Medora.  Sheila, pronounced Shy-la, and her late husband Harold are likened with rejuvenating Medora and it’s historic presence. She has been in love with Medora since she visited for the first time and we love it every time she returns.

The Burning Hills Singers – This terrific group of 12 singers and dancers kick their heels up in Medora nightly for the Medora Musical. Keep an eye out, they work throughout the town of Medora during the day! Click here to meet the 2013 cast.

The Coal Diggers – Banjo’s, Fiddles and Drums are what the Coal Diggers know, and boy can they play! They bring the Medora Musical to life every night with their foot stomping slapping tunes. Find out who the 2013 Coal Diggers are here! READ MORE »

New fun and adventure await Medora’s summer visitors

New fun and adventure await Medora’s summer visitors

May 8, 2012

For more information contact:
Dylan Edwards
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
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

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.


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.

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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.”