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Press Release - Public Invited to Free October Events at the Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2013
Contact: Johnathan Campbell
701.328.9528

Public Invited to Free October Events at the Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site

BISMARCK—The Former Governors’ Mansion, located at the corner of Fourth Street and Avenue B in Bismarck, is holding free weekly events in October showcasing fall entertainment with a nostalgic theme. All programs are free and open to the public.

On Friday, October 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., spend the evening creating silly songs about everyday things with Folk Lyricist Kris Kitko of Bismarck. Participants are welcome to bring acoustic instruments and join in the fun. This event is for all ages, and no registration is required.

On Wednesday, October 9, from 4 to 8 p.m., the public is invited to make old-fashioned scarecrows on the Former Governors’ Mansion lawn. Sticks, straw and twine will be available for each participant to make a life-size scarecrow to take home or leave on display on the lawn through Halloween. “We will have some clothing on hand for anyone to use, but participates are encouraged to bring old clothing for their use,” said Johnathan Campbell, site supervisor of the Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site.

On Wednesday, October 16, from 4 to 8 p.m., the public is invited to take part in free jack-o'-lantern carving and painting in the parlor of the Mansion. Pumpkins, paint, and tools for carving will be provided. There will also be readings of spooky stories. Participants may take their pumpkins or display them on the mansion lawn through Halloween.

On Saturday, October 26, at 8 p.m., the public is invited to attend a free movie at the Former Governors’ Mansion. Nosferatu is a 1922 silent movie, based on Bram Stoker's Dracula. Learn why the movie was almost lost to the world, watch the movie, and join a discussion comparing early and modern horror movies. RSVPs are required due to limited space. Email jcampbell@nd.gov to reserve a spot.

On Thursday, October 31, at 8 p.m., the public is invited to listen at the Former Governors’ Mansion to War of the Worlds, the classic radio broadcast that scared a nation 75 years ago. This educational and entertaining event will begin with a brief history of the broadcast before starting a copy of the original recording on vinyl. Join a discussion following the broadcast about whether a Halloween prank like War of the Worlds could sway an audience in today’s world of fast-paced news distribution via electronic media. RSVPs are required due to limited space; please email jcampbell@nd.gov to reserve a spot.

Treats and beverages will be served at all events. For more information, call 701.328.9528 or email jcampbell@nd.gov.

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