We co-hosted an unusual afternoon event last fall. On Sunday, October 21st the Norwood Area Historical Society and the Charlevoix Historical Society hosted the Marvo Entertainment Group’s premiere of “America’s Darling” at the Charlevoix Public Library.
The Norwood Michigan-born Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling was the son of Marcellus and Clara Darling who were the ministers in the village of Norwood until 1886. Best known for his political and conservation cartoons, Darling was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the head of what later became the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Darling also conceived the idea for the Federal Duck Stamp Program, and his ability to sell his ideas made him a driving force in the conservation movement; he is known as one of the four great heroes of conservation: Teddy Roosevelt, Ding Darling, Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson.
There were about 50 who attended the documentary premiere and joined us for birthday cake afterward; October 21st was Jay Norwood Darling’s birthday!
You can purchase a DVD copy of the documentary film by contacting the Norwood Area Historical Society here.