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Press Release - Annual Ice Cream Social to be Held at Former Governors’ Mansion

Contact: Johnathan Campbell

Annual Ice Cream Social to be Held at Former Governors’ Mansion

Bismarck, ND – Family entertainment, refreshments, and self-guided visits through the Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site at 320 East Avenue B in Bismarck will be among attractions for visitors at the site’s annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, with free hot dogs and ice cream cones.

The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of the Former Governors’ Mansion and the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Children’s games will be available throughout the afternoon, including hula-hoops and bobbing for apples.

Entertainment will begin at 12:30 p.m. with music by Bob Dolajak and Julie Ternes. Albert Landsberger will play the Steinway piano inside the mansion throughout the afternoon. At 1:15 p.m., Family Folk of Mandan will sing the National Anthem, followed by remarks by Bruce Hagen, chairman of the Society for the Preservation of the Former Governors’ Mansion, and Secretary of State Al Jaeger. At 2:15 p.m., Harvey Schilling will present interesting tidbits about the governors and their families. At 2:30 p.m., Bob Dolajak and Harvey Schilling will perform period music. At 3:30 p.m., Family Folk will perform historic songs and dance. At 4:30 p.m., Stanley Wright and Gordy Patten will provide a fiddle salute in memory of Governor Art Link and his long time fiddle companion Sid Peterson.

In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church at 502 N. Fourth Street. Additional parking will be available at Trinity Lutheran Church and St. George’s Episcopal Church at 601 N. Fourth Street.

Visitors can also enjoy the restored carriage house. Restoration of the exterior of the building recreates its appearance in 1903. The building’s interior was rehabilitated to create an exhibit area and an ADA-accessible restroom. The featured exhibit, From Buckets of Oats to Quarts of Oil, represents a time of transition from the age of the horse and buggy to the era of the automobile.

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