Posts tagged North Dakota

Spur Your Inner Artist with Drawing & Watercolor

Experience a creative vacation in Medora this winter!

This event has been cancelled.


We will be holding another Spur Your Inner Artist  June 5 – 8, 2018.


More details to come soon!


Join Barbara Benda Nagle, professional artist and instructor as she teaches “Spur Your Inner Artist with Drawing and Watercolor” workshop February 12-15th.  A native of Wahpeton, ND, Barbara excels in simplifying art concepts so all levels of learners may succeed.


In this 4-day workshop, you will learn:

  • How to execute a variety of drawing and watercolor techniques
  • How to make sense of the color wheel and use it to your advantage
  • How to use “value” (lights and darks) to make paintings dramatic
  • How to design your painting rather than copy photographs
  • How to create strong, dynamic compositions


This workshop takes place in the state-of-the-art Bill and Jane Marcil Life Skills Center in Medora.  Class size is limited – the first 15 registrants will secure a spot.  Payment options vary from workshop only to the popular Stay and Paint package, which includes lodging at the historic Rough Rider Hotel.


For more details, please visit or call 701-610-9529.


To book your spot, please call


For more information about Barbara’s teaching philosophy, please visit

Barbara Benda Nagle with her “Portrait of Big Pappy”


A Magical Medora Christmas Tour Dates and Times

Four past and present Medora performers will entertain audiences during 28 shows, in 22 communities, across 4 states this Nov. & Dec.


The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is pleased to announce that A Magical Medora Christmas variety show will tour this holiday season across North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota.


The family-friendly Christmas show will feature the musical talents of Emily Walter, Jared Mason, and Job Christenson, as well as the comedy and magic of Bill Sorensen.

Read on to see see tour dates and times!


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

MEDORA, ND: Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the town of Historic Medora invite inquiring minds of all ages to attend the fifth annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17. Join park rangers, astronomers, and space enthusiasts of all types to celebrate North Dakota’s beautiful night skies.


“People have been marveling at 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. READ MORE »

The Great American Folk Show with Tom Brosseau

Grand Forks, North Dakota Native Arrives in Medora for the Debut of “The Great American Folk Show with Tom Brosseau”

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is excited to announce that the hit folk music performance, The Great American Folk Show with Tom Brosseau, will show in Medora August 27 through September 6 in the newly remodeled Old Town Hall Theater at 1:30pm MDT. READ MORE »

Summer 2017 Rough Riders Review!

Here it is, our Summer 2017 Rough Riders Review!


Take a look! We’re excited to share it with you!


And if you like what you see, consider becoming a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF). Perks of joining TRMF include free Medora Musical tickets, free Bully Pulpit Golf Course passes, and our quarterly Rough Riders Review. 

Learn more and sign up here.


Spring 2017 Rough Riders Review

Spring 2017 Rough Riders Review

Check out our Spring 2017 Rough Riders Review below!


We are excited to share with you all that is happening here at the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF)!

Schafer Stories

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



Medora Plays Home to Glasgow Artist

Originally published by the Glasgow Courier


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.”


This unfinished painting by Cat Reitler is among the work she is currently developing in Medora.

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.


For more information about Reitler’s work, you can contact her at 406-671-0659. She is currently taking commissions for the fall and the holiday seasons. You can also check her out at

“Hell Roaring Bill Jones”

The man who was known in the Badlands as “Hell Roaring Bill Jones” was actually named “Patrick McCue”.


He had come from Ireland where, apparently, he had become embroiled in an argument with an uncle. The argument quickly deteriorated into an altercation and in very short order the unfortunate uncle had been battered senseless. Whether or not he ever woke from his slumbers is unclear but “Bill” quickly adopted his new name and packed for the New World.


There is No Tradition Like a Medora Family Tradition

Families have made Medora their summer vacation destination for years, and we love seeing them grow year after year.


Every year, hundreds of families make their way back to Medora to fulfil a tradition that goes back decades.