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2020 Virtual Celebration, November 6-8

Happy Birthday, Jay Norwood Darling!
With a different tune from Songbirds

Jay N. Darling (1876-1962) is a national treasure. Let us share this two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, writer, sportsman, Duck Stamp artist, world traveler, conservation activist, National Wildlife Federation founder, National Wildlife Refuge System developer and advocate, musician, Cooperative Research Program founder, J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge namesake, gardener, pilot, Sanibel and Captiva Island, Florida resident, visionary and — indeed — the prankster.

It is time once again for a great American story!

The one-hour documentary, “America’s Darling: The Story of Jay N. ‘Ding’ Darling,” released by Marvo Entertainment Group LLC in 2013, is the true story of Jay N. Darling, a national cartoonist who changed America by influencing her presidents, shaping her landscapes and winning the hearts of her people.

Preserve a Legacy. Inspire Change.

The Jay N. Darling Legacy Center has evolved into a non-profit friends group to support, enhance, and champion Jay N. Darling’s legacy. Sam Koltinsky had the honor of both a friendship and mentorship through Christopher “Kip” Koss, Darling’s grandson. This website represents years of discussions and promises to Kip and his wife, Andrea! Darling’s footprint is wide across the world. We are honored to foster his legacy and to connect with future generations. 

Congratulations MISHA Participant Artists!
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Help us preserve an extraordinary part of Darling’s legacy through
The Jay N. Darling Institute at Drake University https://alumni.drake.edu/darling
 

The Jay N. Darling Kiosk Timeline highlights the legacy “Ding” Darling left behind by remembering details from his life.

Douglas Brinkley, Presidential Historian and Conservationist, shares his perspective on Darling.

The Jay N. Darling Legacy Center supports the establishment and work of The Jay N. Darling Institute at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, as the Institute communicates Darling’s legacy and inspires others to build upon that legacy in order to make the world a better place.

Please  join us in stewarding and fulfilling the promise for future generations – the Jay N. Darling Insitute at Drake University – by clicking on the following link: https://alumni.drake.edu/darling

Still wondering what makes the Darling Institute so valuable? Watch here!

Continue following the latest Darling-inspired news for further updates about the Darling Legacy Center and its outreach.