2017 Programs at Mulberry Center Church

Please mark these dates on your calendar.  A special thank you to Carolynn Miller (Mulberry Center Church Facility Coordinator) for organizing these events.

2017 Programs

Mulberry Center Church at Wilson Brewer Park

         “The Art of Conservation:  A Visit with Ding Darling”

                             Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at 1:00pm

Tom Milligan, Humanities Iowa’s Professional Actor from Amana Colonies reflects his passion for both theater and history through his unique one man play presentations.  In this 45-minute presentation, Tom Milligan will portray Jay N. “Ding” Darling. Beginning with Darling’s early years in Sioux City as a young boy, to developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, Tom Milligan recalls “Ding” Darling’s remarkable life journey.  Tom Milligan will continue to unfold the story of  Mr. Darling’s to include 2 Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoons for the Des Moines Register and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist.  From the introduction of The Duck Stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt not only through his cartoons, but his actions.  Jay N. “Ding” Darling is considered by many to be one of the most important members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th Century.  The impact of his work is still felt today.   Free Event!


                  “Point/Counterpoint:  Was the Civil War Necessary?”

                             Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 1:00pm

Humanities Iowa Presenters, Dr. Tom Morain and Dr. William Juhnke in debate format take opposing positions to explore several of the contentious issues leading up to the first shots of the Civil War fired on Fort Sumter in 1861.  This conflict tore the nation apart!  They ask hard questions:  Was it really an “irrepressible conflict” or could bolder political proposals have averted the bloodshed that cost 600,000 Americans their lives?  What options did Lincoln have as President-elect when South Carolina voted to secede from the Union?  Why did each side underestimate their opponents’ determination to fight?  Why didn’t the North let the South go its way and avoid the incredible bloodshed?  Morain and Juhnke invite the public into the debate as they explore the tense political climate of 1860-61 and demonstrate how historians can disagree without being disagreeable.   Free Event!


                                    “Lewis and Clark in Iowa”

                                Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1:00pm

Humanities Iowa Presenter, Donald G. Shurr begins before the expedition with the story about the sale of the Louisiana Purchase to the United States.  Tracing the 1803 course from Elizabeth, Pennsylvania to St. Charles, Missouri, Shurr discusses the background of the many “players” of the expedition including York, the engages, and Seaman.  Moving up the Missouri River focus shifts to events occurring in Iowa, such as, the death of Sgt. Floyd.  An accompanying Power Point presentation shows the keelboat and the pirogues with actual photos taken in St. Charles and at the Onawa Lewis and Clark State Park.  Donald G. Shurr will be in full costume during the program and will bring books, artifacts and pelts for viewing.  The audience will be exposed to the many “firsts” that occurred in Iowa, the true peril of this journey, and the return of Lewis & Clark to civilization at journey’s end.   Free Event!



          ”Harry Truman’s Whistle-Stop at Dexter, Iowa – 1948”

                          Saturday, August 19th, 2017 at 1:00pm

 Rod Stanley, Historian and Presenter will provide us with an electrifying presentation as to how a candidate everyone thought was certain to lose the election, Harry S. Truman, decided to take his candidacy to the people via train. Truman was met by ten acres of humanity, estimated at 100,000 people in a field near Dexter, Iowa on September 18, 1948.  The occasion was the National Plowing Match.  The whistle-stop speech was broadcast nationally.  It is credited with turning around Harry Truman’s presidential campaign and causing the greatest election upset in American history.  And it happened in Iowa.    Free Event!