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Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy this film and be a part of Lifelong Learning and the One Book One Siouxland’s 14th year of programming. 

America’s Darling: The Story of Jay N. “Ding” Darling (Cartoonist, Politician, Conservationist)

According to Steve Hansen, Director of the Sioux City Public Museum, Jay “Ding” Darling is “a heritage treasure of Sioux City.” Who is this man who came to Sioux City as a 10-year-old boy in 1886 as his father served as the minister for the First Congregational Church? In spite of his nationally famous and important career in several areas, Darling is buried (1962) in Sioux City’s Logan Park Cemetery.

According to University of Nebraska Librarian, Richard Graham, “Ding’s power was rooted in his identification with and understand- ing of the ordinary and natural. He endorsed local causes, supported national ones, and was passionate about the environment. His was not a spectator but a participant, with a lasting impact that reaches us today.”

In 1900, Darling became a reporter for the Sioux City Journal. During a local murder trial which would not allow photos, report- er Darling drew cartoons of the proceedings. The rest is history. During his career, he did reporting and cartoons for the Des Moines Register, New York Globe, and New York Herald Tribune. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1924 and in 1943. His cartoons were published from 1917 to 1949 in the New York Herald Tribune.

Most of his important contributions deal with conservation. He ini- tiated the Federal Duck Stamp program. Roosevelt appointed him head of the U.S. Biological Survey (now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). Florida’s Sanibel Island is home to the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. He was also instrumental in founding the National Wildlife Federation in 1936 when FDR convened the first North American Wildlife Conference.

Don’t miss this important film about a Sioux City historic figure.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26; 1:30 P.M.
Location: Cargill Auditorium, Entrance 14, Lot 4
Fee: No charge / Max: 200
Lifelong Learning membership not required

Harry Hopkins: At FDR’s Side

Harry Hopkins was born in Sioux City at 512 Tenth Street in 1890 to David, a harness maker, and Anna, a deeply religious woman. Not long after Harry was born, the family settled in Grinnell, Iowa, where Hopkins attended Grinnell College. At his graduation in 1912, Hopkins took a job in New York City as a social worker. From this time until 1931, Hopkins became a major leader in develop- ing important social welfare programs for the city. His success was eventually noted by New York Governor Franklin Roosevelt. His efficient administration of the $20 million outlay for the Temporary Emergency Relief Administration soon attracted FDR’s attention.

The rest is history. Hopkins went on to administer programs of the New Deal for FDR. He also became FDR’s advisor. As director of the WPA, Hopkins put four million people to work within four weeks. He went on to help Roosevelt establish numerous federal programs that still exist today.

In spite of failing health (stomach cancer), Hopkins made his greatest impact during World War II. He was FDR’s personal envoy to Winston Churchill, executing the Lend-Lease program and helping America mobilize for war. His unique relationship to FDR, Churchill and Stalin contributed to creating “The Grand Alliance.”

This award-winning film shows how one man’s brilliance and unshak- able belief in his country and in public service was so vital. It is also a tale of grand adventure, of dangerous wartime missions executed at great risk. Sioux City and the world should be ever grateful to our “native son,” Harry Hopkins. You will not forget this biographic film.

Location: Cargill Auditorium, Entrance 14, Lot 4
Fee: No charge / Max: 200
Lifelong Learning membership not required 


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