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Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival to Be Held at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora

Astronomy Ranger at TRNP

MEDORA, ND – The fourth annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival will be held September 23 – 25 in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora.

This year’s guest speakers are Dr. Tyler Nordgren, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Redlands, artist, photographer, astronomer, and night sky ambassador; Dr. Joe Shaw, Director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana State University; and Dr. Paul Barnhart of the Department of Natural Sciences at Dickinson State University.

Daytime activities include model rocket building and launching; programs inside Dickinson State University’s Discovery Dome, solar viewing, solar system hikes, telescope building, and family activities. NASA lunar samples (moon rocks) will be on display. Evening star gazing with a field of telescopes manned by park rangers and astronomers will take place at historic Peaceful Valley Ranch in the park. The full schedule of events is available for download at www.nps.gov/thro. READ MORE »

Medora Announces Summer Concert Series, First-Ever ND Music Awards Festival

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Five unique concerts to be held at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre, plus award-winners from the North Dakota Music Awards to perform downtown.

 

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is excited to announce the full lineup for its 2016 Medora Summer Concert Series. Five individual acts and one festival make up this year’s summer concert lineup.

 

North Dakota Musica Awards Festival — LIVE in Medora
This year’s series of concerts begins on June 18th with the 2016 North Dakota Music Award Festival. Each winner from this year’s North Dakota Music Awards has been invited to play an afternoon-festival on two stages in downtown Medora. Audiences can expect music ranging from country and blues to rock and R&B. Like many festivals, guests are encouraged to bring  their own lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the festivities.

The North Dakota Music Awards Festival is FREE, in downtown Medora.

It is sponsored by the North Dakota Music Awards and URL Radio. See details and a confirmed lists of North Dakota Music Awards Festival performers here.

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So We Interviewed Josh Duhamel!

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Well, not really. But Medora came up a bunch in Josh’s interview with Travel + Leisure Magazine!

North Dakota’s been all over the news lately! It started with Theodore Roosevelt National Park being named the #5 Place to Go in 2016 by the New York Times. Now it’s continuing with Josh Duhamel staring in 4 brand new TV commercials for North Dakota Tourism. Check out this great interview Josh did with Travel + Leisure Magazine!

Where in North Dakota should every traveler visit?
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Big news: Vote for your Medora favorites today!

Big news: Vote for your Medora favorites today!

It seems like Medora, the Medora Musical, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park have been all over the news lately! And with good reason! Medora is up for all kinds of honors and awards. Check it out.

 Vote for your favorites at the ND Music Awards

Medora Musical favorites Emily Walter, Damon Fichter, and the Burning Hills Amphitheatre are up for North Dakota Music Awards!

Click on the images below to vote for them! You can vote once from each of your devices (phone, computer, iPad, etc.), but hurry, voting ends on January 15!

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5 of the Best Hikes in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

5 of the Best Hikes in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Hike TRNP during the National Park Service Centennial Celebration in 2016

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year and, of course, in Medora, people absolutely love to experience the wonder of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the heart of the Nor

th Dakota Badlands.

To help you plan your trip to celebrate with the Park, and to celebrate what inspired our 26th President so much during his time in Dakota Territory, here are some of the must see spots when you go to TRNP! (Plus, enjoy a little Josh Duhamel voice at the bottom)

 

1. The Maltese Cross Cabin
Originally located about seven miles south of Medora in the wooded bottom-lands of the Little Missouri, the Maltese Cross Ranch was one of the places Theodore Roosevelt stayed during his time in North Dakota. Now located at the TRNP South Unit Visitors Center, this is a must-see window into the past, and the President’s time in the Dakota Territory.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Waive Fees on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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MEDORA, ND: Begin a new year with a visit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Entrance and camping fees will be waived for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on Monday, January 18.

“Winter is a magical and quiet time to visit the park,” said Chief of Interpretation Eileen Andes. “Wildlife watching is spectacular as are opportunities for photography, especially with snow sparkling on the badlands. The park is beautiful right now.”

The two other national park units in North Dakota – Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site near Williston and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton – are among the more than 200 national parks that never charge entrance fees.

The National Park Service will waive entrance fees on 15 other days in 2016, including National Park Week, April 16 through 24; National Park Service Centennial Weekend, August 25 through 28; National Public Lands Day on September 24; and Veterans Day on November 11.

For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park and upcoming activities, please visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/thro.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is on social media! Follow us on Twitter @TRooseveltNPS and “like” us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheodoreRooseveltNationalPark.

 

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Medora Musical Breaks All-Time Attendance Record

Medora Musical Breaks All-Time Attendance Record

With a week left of the show over 114,000 have attended, more than 120,000 expected

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(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is excited to announce that a new, all-time attendance record has been set at the Medora Musical. As of September 4, 114,033 people have now seen the 2015, 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical, with over a week remaining in the season.

Previously, the most attended season of the Medora Musical was 2001, when more than 113,600 people attended the show.

Pre-sales for the final week of this year’s production indicate that more than 120,000 will take in the “Greatest Show in the West” before the finale on September 12.

“We’ve imagined having a year of this scale for a long time; we’ve come close during my 27 years, but never had a summer quite like this anniversary season,” Commented TRMF President Randy Hatzenbuhler in a previous statement.

Today he added, “With a week left before we close on September 12, we can truly say this has been the best season that I’ve ever been a part of. We’ve had a great cast, an excellent team of employees and, most of all, absolutely wonderful guests who’ve, really, been the ones to make this all possible. Everyone at TRMF is so excited to see this new record reached, but also so thankful to have the support of our guests and of the state of North Dakota.”

The 2015 Medora Musical shows every night at 7:30 p.m. MDT, in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre cut right into the majestic and rugged North Dakota Badlands. More information and tickets are available at Medora.com.

 

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Third Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival to Be Held at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora

Third Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival to Be Held at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora

Astronomy Ranger at TRNP

MEDORA, ND: Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora invite curious minds of all ages to spend an early autumn weekend exploring our wondrous universe. Park rangers, astronomers, and space enthusiasts of all types will gather for the Third Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13.

This year’s special guest speakers will touch on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Craig Howe, a Lakota scholar and enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe will speak on Friday evening about winter counts and how they record Lakota history. On Saturday evening, explore our connections with the universe with Dave Weinrich, retired planetarium coordinator at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Other speakers include Park Ranger-Astronomers Erik Jensen, Kate and Jeff Zylland.

“People have been studying the night skies for millennia,” said Chief of Interpretation Eileen Andes. “Dakota Nights celebrates the beauty and fragility of this awe-inspiring resource and makes it accessible and fun for people of all ages. You don’t have to be an astronomy expert; the festival has something for everyone.”

Daytime activities include model rocket building and launching, a “build your own telescope” workshop, “sun gazing,” solar system hikes, family astronomy activities, and presentations in Dickinson State University’s Discovery Dome. Evening events will reveal the mysteries of the universe while star gazing in a field of more than a dozen telescopes manned by astronomers and park rangers.

The Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival is a partnership between Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora. “Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival would not be possible without our partners and the many volunteers who join us in celebrating the night sky,” said Andes. Partners include Medora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Medora Chamber of Commerce, Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association, Friends of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Dickinson State University, Chateau De Mores State Historic Site, North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, Badlands Ministries, and Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

A complete listing of all activities and an event map are available on the park’s website at www.nsp.gov/thro.

Contact:
Eileen Andes
eileen_andes@nps.gov
701-623-4466

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
P.O. Box 7
Medora, ND 58645
701-623-4466
www.nps.gov/thro
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The Bad Lands Cow Boy Rides Back into Medora!

The Bad Lands Cow Boy Rides Back into Medora!

We’ve done it! We’ve resurrected A.T. Packard’s beloved, “Bad Lands Cow Boy News Paper.” Inside, you’ll find historical accounts of Medora’s past, as well as present and future goings-on.  You can pick up your copy of the paper at locations all around town. Read on for an exclusive article!

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