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Press Release - History Alive! Featuring Madame De Mores at Chateau

Contact: August 10, 2012
Samuel Kerr

History Alive! Featuring Medora, Madame De Mores at The Chateau

MEDORA – Medora, Madame de Mores returns to the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site August 18 and 19, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (MT). Portrayed by Karen Nelson in the popular History Alive! program, Madame de Mores will talk about her stay at the chateau in 1903, in what was her last visit to the Dakota summer home in Medora. Performances are free and sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Visitors can also join in celebrating Madame de Mores’s 156th birthday on August 21, 2012, with cake and juice served throughout the day.

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. As Medora, Madame de Mores, Nelson wears a period dress, designed and sewn by Michael Stevenson of Dickinson, ND. 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. In a 1903 interview with a Dickinson newspaper reporter, she explained why she returned: "I 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

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