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Press Release - Former Governors’ Mansion Open for the Holidays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 26, 2014
Contact: Johnathan Campbell

Former Governors’ Mansion Open for the Holidays

BISMARCK – The Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site in Bismarck will soon be decorated for the holiday season and is hosting several events that are free and open to the public. The Former Governors’ Mansion is located at the corner of Fourth Street and Avenue B in Bismarck.

November 30 and December 7
The 19th annual holiday open house will be held both days from 1 to 5 p.m., with self-guided tours and refreshments available.

November 30
Children’s entertainer Kittyko will sing a variety of fun Christmas music at 1 p.m., followed by a visit from Santa Claus from 2 to 4 p.m.

On December 7
Santa Claus will be at the mansion from 1 to 3 p.m. University of Mary English Professor Jamieson Ridenhour will perform a Victorian reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol starting at 3 p.m. The reading runs around two hours with an intermission.

December 12 and 13
Open for self-guided tours from 1 to 5 p.m. as part of our regular winter hours.

December 14
The Bluegrass Association of North Dakota will be holding their regular monthly acoustic jam session from 1 to 5 p.m. Musicians and listeners are welcome to attend.

December 20
A variety of vintage cartoons, commercials, and a silent version of the Christmas Carol from 1910 will be shown beginning at 2 p.m.

The Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site is open year-round. 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. Groups are welcome to schedule visits to the Former Governors’ Mansion outside of regular open hours by calling 701.328.9528 or email

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. The grounds feature examples of types of flowers typical of the Victorian era.

For more information call 701.328.9528 or email

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