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THE NEXT EVENT - 
RESCHEDULED TO MONDAY, APRIL 23 @ 6:30, Franklin Av. Library (Was Cancelled Feb. 20 due to the weather.)

RE-LIVING DING DARLINGS' COLORFUL LIFE The DMHS is pleased to welcome actor Tom Milligan on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin Av. Library as he portrays the Des Moines Register’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Ding Darling in the one-act play, “The Art of Conservation: A Visit with Ding Darling.” Mr. Milligan has also depicted Henry A. Wallace and Grant Wood.

     The DMHS is pleased to welcome Tom Milligan on Monday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin Av. Library as he portrays the Des Moines Register’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Ding Darling in the one-act play, “The Art of Conservation: A Visit with Ding Darling.” Mr. Milligan has also depicted Henry A. Wallace and Grant Wood. 
     
     Tom Milligan has spent 45 years as a working theater artist in Iowa. As an actor, director, scenic designer as well as producer, his work has been seen throughout Iowa and the Midwest. Beginning in 1973, many remember his work at Iowa’s first dinner theater, Charlie’s Showplace, in Des Moines. Over the years he has been on staff at The Des Moines Playhouse, The Ingersoll Dinner Theater, The Drake Opera, Hoyt Sherman Theater, The Drama Workshop and many other venues in the Des Moines area. In 2005 he moved to The Amana Colonies, working on multiple productions at The Old Creamery Theater, The Iowa Theater Artists Company, as well as many self-produced productions. His 16-year association with Humanities Iowa reflects his passion for both theater and history through his unique one man play presentations.

     The Art of Conservation: A Visit with Ding Darling --- In this 45-minute presentation, Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits with the audience, as an old friend, in his 11th office at The Des Moines Register. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City where as a young boy where he became aware of the natural world around him while developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, he recalls his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons for the Register and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist. From the introduction of The Duck Stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt not only through his cartoons but his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most important members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today. 

     Long time DM actor, Tom Milligan, gives his impression and history of the 2 time Pulitzer Prize winner Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling.  The DMHS will host a program on one of Des Moines' most famous artists and conservationists.  "How Rich Will We Be When We Have Converted All Our Forests, All Our Soil, All Our Water Resources and Minerals to Cash?" (Editorial Cartoon Above) Darling is very well-known for his 'cartoons' relating to World War 1, so this coordinates with the Remembrance of the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. entering the war and the soldiers, such as Merle Hay, whose names are a large part of Des Moines; he also drew a cartoon about the streetcars going out to Urbandale.  This website has some background information about Jay N. 'Ding'Darling - 
http://santivachronicle.com/Content/Latest-News-/Latest-News/Article/J-N-Ding-Darling-The-Cartoonist-Conservationist/19/18/124

FUTURE TENTATIVE EVENTS
(please check back for verification):

~SATURDAY, MAY 5 - 1:00 p.m.JERRY JEWETT - The early history of JEWETT LUMBER and how they helped
build Des Moines.
~June TBA - BILL KOOKER - RIVERVIEW PARK - his families' experiences managing this iconic park
~July TBA - LEO LANDIS - History of DES MOINES BASEBALL and how it transformed the national game of baseball. 
~ Friday, August 10 - RANDA LeJEUNE HOUSE TOUR - a beautiful, unique Victorian home in Sherman Hill *
~ September 9 - DMHS booth at the CONCOURS DE'ELEGANCE - learn about 'Auto Row' and how the automobile has been a part of Des Moines since the invention of motorcars. 
~October TBA - NORM MANDLEBAUM - speaks about the DES MOINES JEWISH COMMUNITY and how it has been a big part of the development of Des Moines - from the 1800's on ...

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NEWS - 
The DMHS received donations of over $1,000 so the NSCDA contributed the additional
$1,000 to Project 1843 at the Birthplace of Des Moines/Fort Des Moines II Memorial Cabin.
THANK YOU NSCDA!!!  
There is still work to be done, so please consider helping with a donation to improve the
DM Birthplace Cabin.
(Photo - Laura Kozin presenting the check to Jerry Tormey.)     

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