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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 Whistle Stops
in North Dakota

By PRAIRIE PUBLIC APR 11, 2019

It was early April of 1903 when North Dakota welcomed the second sitting U.S. president to visit the state. The first, Rutherford B. Hayes, famously toured the giant Dalrymple farm, the first of the famous Bonanza Farms of the Red River Valley – the largest wheat operations in the world.

Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota’s adopted son, was the second; and the two-day trip through Dakota’s plains was a homecoming for him.

Listen to episode 14

Theodore Roosevelt
and the Great War

By PRAIRIE PUBLIC APR 3, 2019

On this date in 1917, the United States was on the verge of declaring war on Germany – an action that Theodore Roosevelt vigorously supported. He had made his blistering antagonism toward Woodrow Wilson’s former neutrality abundantly public.

Listen to episode 13

Boat Thieves

By PRAIRIE PUBLIC MAR 25, 2019

On this date in 1886, Theodore Roosevelt was preparing to set out in pursuit of three men who stole his boat on the Little Missouri near his Elkhorn Ranch. His friends Will Dow and Bill Sewall quickly built a pursuit boat, and the following day, the trio of began the chase. It took days of trudging through the rugged and bitter weather of the frigid river valley, but the flinty cattlemen finally caught up with the three boat thieves, and they were soon headed home with the bad guys in tow. Leaving Sewell and Dow behind, TR enlisted a stranger to drive his wagon as he took the culprits to Dickinson.

Listen to episode 12

Weasel Words

By PRAIRIE PUBLIC MAR 19, 2019

Theodore Roosevelt extolled the American West throughout his life, influenced by his adventures with the people of the West, from Dakota Territory’s Little Missouri River all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

He was never shy talking about the ethical standards he adhered to and strove to uphold in his personal, public and private life. He called out with pride the people he met in the West as being “average citizens of the right type.”

Listen to episode 11

Pelican Island Refuge

By PRAIRIE PUBLIC MAR 11, 2019

This week in March of 1903, President Roosevelt created America’s first federal bird refuge. Pelican Island, Florida had long been a favorite haven for beautiful shore and wading birds where mangroves hugged the waters of the small island. Pelicans, peafowls, flamingos and spoonbills adorned the beach.

Listen to episode 10

Roosevelt’s Inaugural Address

By PRAIRIE PUBLIC MAR 4, 2019

March 4th was Inauguration Day in the early 20th century, and on this date in 1901 Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as Vice President under William McKinley. Tragically, McKinley was shot six months into his second term and died eight days later. The stunned 42-year-old TR was sworn into office, becoming the youngest president in US history.

Listen to episode 9

United States Forest Service

By PRAIRIE PUBLIC MAR 1, 2019

People often imagine that Theodore Roosevelt started the National Park system, but it actually began much sooner. On this date in 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act into law.

However, Roosevelt did create five national parks doubling the number, and he’s known as the “Conservation President.” He protected over 230 million acres of public land, setting aside 150 national forests, the five national parks, America’s first 18 national monuments, the first 51 federal bird refuges, and our first game preserves.

Listen to episode 8

Washington’s Birthday

By PRAIRIE PUBLIC  FEB 19, 2019

Yesterday, on President’s Day, we celebrated the February birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. The observance often recalls the apocryphal cherry tree story of youngster Washington proclaiming “I cannot tell a lie.”

Listen to episode 7

Death of Alice and Mittie

By PRAIRIE PUBLIC FEB 13, 2019

24-year-old Theodore Roosevelt suffered a sorrow of volcanic proportions in February of 1884. Responding to an urgent cable from his brother, TR hastened from Albany to New York City where his wife Alice lived with his mother, Mittie.  Alice was in a dangerous state of health after giving birth to their first child. In another room, Mittie was on the threshold of death from Bright’s Disease.

Listen to episode 6

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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Ask President Roosevelt

“Ask President Roosevelt” is a feature of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Member Newsletter, the Rough Riders Review. For five summers, veteran TR repriser, historian, and actor Joe Wiegand has brought Theodore Roosevelt to life on the matinee stage at Medora’s Old Town Hall Theater. During the off-season, Joe travels the country as TR, representing the Medora Foundation. As part of every performance, in character as TR, Wiegand takes questions from the audience.

 

Q: How did you spend your winter, Colonel Roosevelt? Any big plans for the summer ahead?

A: Like so many of you, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays spent with family were the most special occasions. Of course, I toured the country, performing for audiences from Portland, Oregon to Saranac Lake, New  York. Like many a North Dakotan, the winter found me in Florida, Arizona, and Southern California, where thousands of Medora Musical fans follow the migratory fowl.

Traveling the country and telling people about Medora and the beautiful Badlands of North Dakota is a real honor and pleasure, READ MORE »

A Gathering of TRs

It’s going to be a Bully good time in Medora this weekend!

 

This weekend, July 14 – 16, marks the 4th Annual Gathering of TRs sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

 

A troupe of TRs will take the city by storm this weekend as Theodore Roosevelt Re-enactors from around the nation pour into Medora for this much anticipated annual convention. READ MORE »

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

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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.

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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!

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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

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

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