Mara Hall
800.352.4649 ext. 1864
712.274.8733 ext. 1864
Email Me Catalogs


The Amazing Life and Career of Sioux City’s “Ding” Darling

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling was one of America’s most popular and influential editorial cartoonists of the first half of the 20th century. He was also one of his era’s lead- ing voices in the environmental conservation movement. Darling grew up in Sioux City, where the natural prairie landscape and wetland habitat along the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers influenced his lifelong love and concern for nature. It was also the place that launched his internationally famous cartooning career when Sioux City Journal editor George Perkins made him Iowa’s first daily edi- torial cartoonist in 1900.

Curator of History, Matt Anderson, will trace Darling’s life from his youth in Sioux City and his early career at the Journal through his long tenure with the Des Moines Register where he rose to nation- al prominence. It will also include a discussion of his Commission, funding the Cooperative Wildlife Research Center at Iowa State University, leading the U.S. Biological Survey, creating the first Federal Duck Stamp, and helping to organize the National Wildlife Federation.

Adequate time will be given for discussion, memories, and questions about this unique Sioux City genius.

Location: Advanced Sciences Bldg., Room L416/417, Entrance 11
Fee: No charge / Max: 100
Lifelong Learning membership not required
Course #18/FY-CPDV-2218-04 


Nondiscrimination Statement | Privacy Statement