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Press Release - Former Governors' Mansion Hosts Holiday Open House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: November 19, 2012
Contact: Johnathan Campbell
701.328.9528

Annual Holiday Open House Coming Up at Former Governorsí Mansion

BISMARCK – The Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site in Bismarck will soon be decorated for the holiday season. The site’s 17th annual holiday open house is scheduled for Sundays, November 25 and December 5, both days from 1 to 5 p.m.

The open houses are free and open to the public. Providing musical entertainment both days will be Bismarck pianist Albert Lansberger, who will play the Steinway throughout the afternoon. Musician Kelly Kiemele of Mandan will sing and play a variety of holiday music. From 2 to 3 p.m. on both days, visitors will be encouraged to join in to sing Christmas carols. Coffee, hot cider and cookies will be available for visitors to enjoy as they tour the mansion.

The open houses are sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of the Former Governors’ Mansion and the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND). Located at the corner of Fourth Street and Avenue B, the site is one of 55 state historic sites managed by the state’s history agency. The Society for the Preservation of the Former Governors’ Mansion is a volunteer board of concerned citizens who raise funds to help the SHSND restore the mansion, carriage house, and grounds.

The Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site is open year-round. Its winter hours, now in place through May 15, are the second Friday and Saturday of each month, from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The site consists of a two and one-half story, restored Victorian house and a restored 1903 carriage house. Built in 1884, it housed 20 chief executives of North Dakota between 1893 and 1960. Unique exhibits feature the restoration process, architectural style changes and furniture used by several governors.

For schedule information, contact the State Historical Society at 701.328.1476 or visit the agency’s web site at history.nd.gov.

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