FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 21, 2013
Contact: Samuel Kerr
MEDORA B Medora, Madame de Mores returns to the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site the weekend of August 24-25. Portrayed by Karen Nelson in the popular History Alive! program, Madame de Mores will reflect upon her time in western Dakota and after, during her 1903 visit to the chateau, in what was her last visit to the Dakota summer home in Medora.
Medora, Madame de Mores's performances will be at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. (MT). Performances are free of charge, and sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Madame de Mores was the wife of the Marquis de Mores, who attempted in the 1880s to build a beef empire in what is now southwestern North Dakota. AI truly enjoy sharing this romantic story, as well as including new information gleaned from ongoing research into Medora's life, said Nelson, who is an adjunct professor of speech at Dickinson State University.
As Medora, Madame de Mores, Nelson wears a period dress, designed and sewn by Michael Stevenson of Dickinson, ND. It is based on historical clothing from the de Mores family in the collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Her jacket and overall costume are based on a 1903 photograph of Medora standing on the corner of the chateau veranda.
Medora's stay at the Chateau in 1903 came 17 years after the Marquis left the town of Medora, his beef empire in ruins. In a 1903 interview with a Dickinson newspaper reporter, she explained why she returned: AI want my children to see the place where they have lived so long ... I loved Medora, I love it still, and will be very dear to my memory. I will not let Medora die until after I do. I can't tell just what I will do, but I must see the old ranch.
History Alive! programs explore the lives and times of decades gone by, combining theater arts with history. The 20-minute monologues are based on original letters, diaries and other documents, many from the archives of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
For more information, contact the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site at 701.623.4355 or the State Historical Society of North Dakota at 701.328.2666 or visit the agency’s web site at www.history.nd.gov.
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