FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2013
Contact: Samuel Kerr
MEDORA B The French aristocrat and cattle baron, the Marquis de Mores, will appear at the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site the weekend of August 10-11. Portrayed by Lance Rustand in the popular History Alive! program, the Marquis will share his dreams of a beef empire in the frontier Medora of the 1880s. He will welcome visitors to the veranda of the Chateau at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (MT).
Born June 14, 1858, the Marquis de Mores was from a family of Spanish, Italian, and French nobility. He came to Dakota Territory in 1883 to find fortune in the cattle industry. He planned to slaughter range cattle at the town he named after his wife, Medora, then ship dressed meat east in refrigerated rail cars and provide urban consumers with a better-quality product. Investing millions in his dream, he built a packing plant, bought cattle and land, and employed cowboys and workers. He built the chateau as a summer home.
When the Marquis's meat-packing project collapsed in 1886, his commercial empire did as well. The meat-packing plant at Medora burned in 1907. Its smokestack still stands east of the Little Missouri River, in Chimney Park, part of the De Mores State Historic Site.
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 web site at www.history.nd.gov.
2013 History Alive! Program Schedule
August 10th and 11th Lance Rustand as the Marquis de Mores
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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