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In This Our Home the Life of Mary Sewall

In-person event featuring chautauqua performer Donna Sewall Davidge as Mary Sewall—the wife of William Wingate Sewall, who was a close friend and guide of Theodore Roosevelt in the Dakota Badlands in the 1880s.

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Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, North Dakota State Historical Society, and Humanities North Dakota are proud to present:

In This Our Home the Life of Mary Sewall 

North Dakota Heritage Center

Bismarck, ND

July 19, 2-3:30 pm CT

Free admission

Donna Sewall Davidge is the great-granddaughter of William Sewall, a trusted guide of Theodore Roosevelt's during his time in the Badlands. To preserve her family's legacy, in 1997 Donna purchased Sewall House, a home William built in 1865. She transformed the historic place into an award-winning yoga retreat and has been its proud owner ever since. Donna holds a Master's degree in nutrition and published her memoir, Balancing with Bunions, in 2019.

Chautauqua & Chat involves a performance by a scholar who impersonates a significant historical figure. Attendees have the opportunity to ask questions of both the historical character and the scholar. This program is free and open to the public.

HND Value Statement

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Humanities North Dakota. However, in an increasingly polarized world, we at Humanities North Dakota believe that being open-minded is necessary to thinking critically and rationally. Therefore, our programs and classes reflect our own open-mindedness in the inquiry, seeking, and acquiring of scholars to speak at our events and teach classes for our Public University. To that end, we encourage our participants to join us in stepping outside our comfort zones and considering other perspectives and ideas by being open-minded while attending HND events featuring scholars who hold a variety of opinions, some being opposite of our own held beliefs.

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