FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2015
Contact: Diane Rognes
BISMARCK— The State Historical Society of North Dakota invites the public to a community conversation in Strasburg at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 15, to obtain comments about the management and interpretation of the Lawrence Welk homestead. The 30-minute meeting will be part of the Tri-County Tourism Alliance meeting at the Blue Room on Main Street.
Community conversations about the Welk homestead will also take place in conjunction with Tri-County Tourism Alliance meetings on June 30 at 6 p.m. at the Golden Age Hall in Napoleon, and on July 14 at 6 p.m. in Ashley with the location to be determined.
On July 1, the six-acre Welk homestead outside of Strasburg will become a state historic site managed by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. “These public town meetings will provide ways to get local people informed and involved in this great project. We will share information about planning for the site, and also want to hear public suggestions about how to best manage and promote this site,” said Diane Rogness, historic site manager with the State Historical Society.
The Tri-County Tourism Alliance includes individuals and businesses in Emmons, Logan, and McIntosh counties and surrounding areas with an interest in preserving and promoting the Germans from Russia heritage and culture to enhance tourism.
The Welk homestead is the boyhood home of national entertainer Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903 – May 17, 1992), who hosted “The Lawrence Welk Show” from 1951 to 1982. His style of music became known as “champagne music.” On Jan. 10, 2014, the State Historical Board voted to purchase the site for $100,000.
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