Former Governors’ Mansion open for the holidays

The Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site, located at the corner of Fourth Street and Avenue B in Bismarck, will be decorated for the holiday season and open to the public.

Posted Nov. 22, 2013

The eighteenth annual holiday open house will take place on Nov. 24, Dec. 1, and Dec. 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided.

The Mansion will be open for self-guided tours on December 13 and 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. On December 14, University of Mary English Professor Jamieson Ridenhour will perform a Victorian reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol from 3 to 5 p.m. Donations will be accepted during the reading for a Red Cross fund to help victims of the recent Philippines typhoon.

The Bluegrass Association of North Dakota will be holding a monthly acoustic jam session at the Mansion on Sunday, December 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. Musicians and the public are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available.

The Former Governors’ Mansion is one of 56 state historic sites managed by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Built in 1884, the mansion housed 20 chief executives of North Dakota through 1960. In the adjacent carriage house, the featured exhibit, “From Buckets of Oats to Quarts of Oil,” represents the transition from the age of the horse and buggy to the era of the automobile. Admission is free.

For more information, contact the State Historical Society of North Dakota at 701.328.2666 or visit

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