Sponsored by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and funded in part by the North Dakota Humanities Council, Stark has been presenting almost weekly on various topics of interest to regional history buffs. In December, he began with a two-part overview of the Red River Valley from the receding of glacial ice to the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad.
He then taught the growing audiences about Lincoln’s legacy in our area and Theodore Roosevelt’s adventures in MN and ND. Last week’s program focused on Arctic aviator Carl Ben Eielson, whose historic flight over the North Pole put Hatton, ND (his hometown) on the map. Dressed the part of an aviator, Stark charmed the group of 120 with Eielson’s adventures. ”He’s a marvel to watch,” says HCS executive director Maureen Kelly Jonason. “Children and adults alike just love how well he tells a story, illustrating with his well-known caricature style.”
Next Sunday, January 20, at 1pm, Stark breaks out a new story he titles Pioneer Power Couples: The Comstocks and the Probstfields. He plans to show how both the industrious men and their active wives shaped Clay County and the development of Moorhead and Fargo. Thanks to the North Dakota Humanities Council, these programs are free and open to all. But come early to get the best seats as they do fill fast!
Stark’s schedule continues MOST Sundays at 1pm:
Jan. 27 Local Women of Influence – focused on the important women who shaped the cultural scene in Moorhead-Fargo
Feb. 3 – Smith Stimmel – Bodyguard to President Lincoln, Stimmel later settled in Fargo as a lawyer and ND statesman.
Feb. 10 – Bonanza Farms – Come learn about the massive farming operations unique to our region and why they faded away
Feb. 24 – Propellers & Pantaloons – Steve’s last program will feature the phenomenon from the early part of the last century in which women became pilots and aero-acrobats! Along with Emilia Earhart was Clay County aerialist Florence Klingensmith.
For a detailed schedule, visit www.hcscconline.org or call the museum at 218-299-5511.
*Feb. 17 is the opening reception of the A Woman’s Perspective Multimedia Exhibition and Performance Showcase 1-4pm and so Stark will not be presenting.
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County collects, preserves, and presents the history and culture of Clay County and the region. HCSCC also provides interpretation of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship, Hopperstad Stave Church Replica, and hosts traveling exhibits in 7,000 sq. feet of temporary exhibition space. The Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County is a community resource for 210,000 people in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area and serves an average of 40,000 visitors a year from all over the world.
For more information, call 218-299-5511 or visit www.hcscconline.org. The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is located in the Hjemkomst Center at 202 First Avenue North in Moorhead.