FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1, 2013
Contact: Samuel Kerr
MEDORA B Friedrich Felix Gollnick, an adventurous 19th Century immigrant from Germany to Dakota Territory, will appear at the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site in Medora the weekend of August 17-18. Portrayed by Donald Ehli in the popular History Alive! program, Felix will describe his colorful life, including stints as a buffalo hunter, homesteader, and employee of the Marquis de Mores. Performances of Felix will be on the veranda of the Chateau at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (MT).
The free History Alive! performances are part of the summer programs sponsored by the state’s history agency, the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Ehli holds bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in theatre arts from Dickinson State University, and has worked at the Chateau de Mores site since 2001. In 1999, he translated into English 26 letters written by Gollnick. The letters are the basis for Ehli’s portrayal of Felix, which emphasizes the two years he spent at Little Missouri/Medora. Ehli is an abstractor with the Dickinson Guaranty and Title Company, and also an adjunct lecturer in communications at Dickinson State University. He has appeared in, and directed, numerous productions at Dickinson State and community theatre in Dickinson.
The State Historical Society of North Dakota sponsors the History Alive! program to explore the lives and times of decades gone by. Begun in 1988, the unique program combines the theater arts with history. The character monologues, about 20 minutes in length, 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
2013 History Alive! Program Schedule
August 17th and 18th Don Elhi as Friedrich Felix Gollnick
August 24th and 25th Karen Nelson as the Marquise de Mores
August 31st and September 1st Don Elhi as AT Packard
September 7th Karen Nelson as the Marquise de Mores
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