Schafer Stories as told by Randy Hatzenbuhler – President of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
- Met the Schafers in 1988
- Became President of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation in 1997
Local artist Cathryn Reitler began an Artist in Residency program in the historic town of Medora, N.D., on July 19. As a part of the program, Reitler is living expense-free in one of the town’s 18th century antique homes, where she is able to paint onsite and has a gallery of her works for sale upstairs. Her residency will commence on July 29, with a reception held in her honor showcasing the pieces she has completed during her stay, along with pieces she created in preparation for the residency.
Reitler was one of only eight artists selected from a large pool of applicants. “I’ve wanted to do a residency for probably 10 years,” says Reitler, “but before this year, the timing just wasn’t right.”
For an artist, the benefits of being in a residency are considerable, as the position provides a substantial amount of time for the artist to focus intently on creating pieces in an inspirational environment, along with a venue to sell their work.
Additionally, Reitler finds it fascinating to be able to compare how western culture is portrayed to Medora’s many tourists, with her own experience as someone who actually lives in the west. She also loves the requirement that she work in a public setting, providing her with the opportunity to connect with an art audience and potential patrons.
Just days after her return from Medora, Reitler will be at the Northeast Montana fair, where she will have selected pieces for sale and where she will again be painting onsite.
Every year, hundreds of families make their way back to Medora to fulfil a tradition that goes back decades.
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 »
But I stayed and fell in love with Medora because of Harold Schafer.
“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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If you’ve ever spent any time in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, you’ll know there is way too much to see in just one day. In fact, there might be way too much to see in a week, or a year, or even a life time!
Even so, the Rangers at TR National Park want to help you discover as much as you possibly can about the park and the wildlife that call it home while you’re here in Medora, and this is why they have a plethora of actives lined up every week! READ MORE »