None of this has been possible without the help of hundreds, no thousands, of folks who helped support projects in Medora.
Here is a short list of our most recent, Donor-Funded Projects
Matching Gift Challange for the Andrist Endowment for the Performing Arts -- Challange reached December of 2017
Supports the performance and fine arts in downtown Medora, at the Von Hoffman House, and at the Andrist Stage and Windgarden -- John Andrist made a matching gift pledge, and people from around the state responded.
Medora Musical Bathroom Expansion -- completed 2017
Thanks to contributions by Mark & Claudia Thompson, owners of H.A. Thomson and Sons, as well as Paul Gurholt, the rest room capacity was nearly DOUBLED, helping most everyone got to see the kick off of act two of the show.
Old Town Hall Theater & Sorensen Stage expansion and renovation -- completed 2017
Now home to numerous all year long, this project was funded by a combination of lead donors, John Andrist and Mike & Peggy Bullinger, and numerous seat sponsors within the theater itself.
Bill & Jane Marcil Life Skills Center -- completed 2016
First ever creation of a space that offers our staff, cast, student and international workers, and volunteers a place to work, train, and grow together.
Historically accurate renovation of the Joe Ferris General Store, thanks to lead donor Dr. Dennis Wolf -- -- completed in 2016
Infrastructure at the Medora Musical -- the safer, wider road leading to the amphitheatre and vastly improved paved parking and drainage -- completed in 2014
The restoration and expansion of the historic Rough Riders Hotel -- completed in 2010
A place often frequented by Theodore Roosevelt during his time here, this was also the first project undertaken by Harold in 1962 when he began the resurrection of Medora.
More Good Stuff from TRMF
See a list of Cumulative Giving by generous supporters just like you (Updated annually after close of FY, 1/31)
Giants Have Always Walked In Medora
Many, many improvements have been accomplished since 1962. From building the existing Burning Hills Amphitheatre in 1992 and the total renovation and addition to the Rough Riders Hotel (again!), to historic preservation efforts, new entertainment options and events for families, and the recent work to create the Life Skills Center Campus for our 350 plus student & international workers, and 500 volunteers to collaborate each season.
While there's even more on the horizon for TRMF, we take guidance from the past, and what has been accomplished by the those "giants" of Medora's history.
The ones who had the courage to dream, then roll up their sleeves and work to make the dream a reality. People like Theodore Roosevelt, and the brazen Marquis de Mores, and Medora herself who, while the epitome of a fine lady, could pick off fast-moving small game a from atop her steed, leaving her hunting partners astounded.
Of course like Harold and Sheila. Like Medora's first General Manager, Rod Tjaden and his wife, Sandy, like "Gentleman" Wade Westin, "Cowboy" Lyle Glass, like former North Dakota Governor (and Medora Musical stuntman!), Ed Schafer, and the hundreds of others who have come through Medora and made positive waves for the futre.
We look to them to guide our path forward and try to honor them each day with our work in Medora.
Coming soon: Rod Tjaden Video
Coming soon: Wade Westin's making the Medora Musical
Coming soon: Cowboy Lyle Glass