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Illustrated history series at Hjemkomst Center

The Historical Society of Clay County presents History Sundays with Steve Stark, an illustrated history program series for all ages at the Hjemkomst Center. Like a story book unfolding before your eyes, Steve Stark tells fascinating stories about people in history while drawing on a 30-foot roll of paper. Each program highlights a different topic of history related to this region.

The programs are on Sundays at 1 pm, December through February. It is a fun way to learn about local history that the whole family will enjoy. The program is free and open to the public but the museum galleries require admission.

• Dec. 2: "Red River Valley History -- Part 1." Stark discusses the formation of the Red River Valley from the glaciers of the Ice Age to the Fur Traders.

• Dec. 9: "Red River Valley History -- Part 2." This program continues the journey through time from the riverboat days to the development of the Fargo/Moorhead community.

• Dec. 23: "Lincoln's Legacy." President Abraham Lincoln was influential in the development of the Great Plains. Learn how he left his mark in the Red River Valley and how it affects us still today.

• Dec. 30: "Theodore Roosevelt." The only President to live in North Dakota, Teddy Roosevelt came to the Dakota Territory as a broken man but started an adventure that would lead him to the White House.

• Jan. 13: "Carl Ben Eielsen." Eielsen, a pilot from North Dakota, became a rugged adventurer in the Alaskan wilderness. He embarked on epic flights over the North Pole in 1927. His life and death are what Hollywood movies are made of.

• Jan. 20: "Pioneer Power Couples of Clay County." As homesteaders began breaking up the land, the Comstock and the Probstfield families played pivotal roles in forging the communities we know today. Learn how these hardworking homesteaders achieved the American Dream in Clay County.

• Jan. 27: "Local Women of Influence." Hear the untold stories about the women who impacted the communities the Red River Valley. From Catholic nuns to wealthy wives, women leaders started many important institutions in the F-M community.

• Feb. 3: "Smith Stimmel." As a bodyguard to President Abraham Lincoln, Sergeant Smith Stimmel witnessed the most pivotal events of Lincoln's first two years in office. Stimmel later settled in Fargo as a lawyer and served in the territory legislature helping lead North Dakota to statehood.

• Feb. 10: "Bonanza Farms." Just like corporate farming of today, Bonanza farms were large farming operations back in the late 1800s. They employed large crews of workers to grow and harvest grain. For over twenty years, they were highly profitable until they slowly faded away by the 1920s. Find out what caused their demise.

• Feb. 24: "Propellers & Pantaloons." As flying became accessible to the average person, women took to the skies and broke many barriers on and off the runway.

Steve Stark is an award-winning cartoonist and historical performer from Fargo. He is currently a North Dakota Council on the Arts Artist-in-Residence and a past North Dakota Humanities Council Traveling Scholar through the North Dakota Humanities Council. He has been presenting illustrated history programs and Chautauqua-style school programs for nearly two decades.

History Sundays with Steve Stark was funded in part by the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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 square 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 The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is located in the Hjemkomst Center at 202 First Avenue North in Moorhead.