Seeing the old governor's residence through a child's eyes

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Once the new governor's residence is finished, the one that's been in service since 1960 will either be hauled away or demolished, but the one that housed governors from 1893 to 1960 is still around.

And earlier this week, some familiar faces showed up to reminisce about the time they spent in the mansion.

We've been taken back in time. When depends on which young tour guide you get. Theyr'e portraying the daughters of former Governors. I'm getting a 1920s perspective.

"My bedroom is this smaller one, which I shared with my twin sister Versie," said Amethyst Breiner, portraying Eunie Frazier.

Amethyst added, "My grandmother named us Eunie and Versie, because she was so proud of her son going to the University of North Dakota."

Unfortunately, her dad, Lynn Frazier, was removed from office in a recall election in 1921.

This young lady was one of the first children to live in the Governor's mansion. But, it wasn't for long. Frank Briggs died of tuberculosis in 1898, only a year and a half into his term.

"Compared to what kids have fun now, they probably didn't have as much fun. 'Cause they didn't have stuff like TV's and light," said Fiona Poling, portraying Stella Briggs.

Many of these girls went to thrift stores to put together their period outfits and studied what they could in a short time span.

"I know that they like to learn. And I know that they are friendly kids. And a lot of times, it's a challenge, though, when a stranger comes through. So I applaud them," said Kris Kitko, State Historical Society.

While this was a one day only opportunity, the tour guides of the past might be brought back during other events.

The former governor's mansion is open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on weekends.