The Art of Conservation:

A Visit with Ding Darling


Single Day Event: Tuesday, May 1; 6:30-7:30 PM

Location: Johnston Public Library

Cost: This event, sponsored by Humanities Iowa,  is FREE and open to the public.

Class Limit: 100


Professional actor Tom Milligan portrays longtime Des Moines Register editorial cartoonist Jay N. “Ding” Darling as he recounts his early life in Sioux City. Tom will present Darling’s remarkable career as an editorial cartoonist, which included two Pulitzer Prizes. Considered one of the most significant leaders of the modern conservation movement of the first half of the 20th century, Darling’s impact is still recognized a century later. With the introduction of the Duck Stamp, his creation of the National Wildlife Federation, and his Des Moines Register editorial cartoons, Ding Darling’s influence was indisputable.


Actor Tom Milligan has worked 45 years as an Iowa theater artist with titles of actor, director, scenic designer and producer. After moving to the Amana Colonies in 2005, Tom has worked with the Old Creamery Theater and the Iowa Artists’ Company. His 16-year association with Humanities Iowa reflects Tom’s passion for both theater and history through his unique one-man presentations.



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