Celebrating Badger Clark!

Badger ClarkThe Dakota Discovery Museum will be hosting the annual Celebrating Badger Clark event on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.  Join us from 2 pm to 6 pm for music, poetry and fun on the museum grounds.

2 PM  “Badger Clark: South Dakota’s Poet Laureate” with Nebraska writer and performer Timothy Nolting, made possible through the South Dakota Humanities Council.
3 PM The Badger Sett Band with music and highlights of Badger Clark’s life
4 PM Cowboy Poetry featuring Kip Sorlie followed by open mike
5 PM Rodeo personalities, supper and a viewing of the South Dakota Public Broadcasting film “Mountain Thunder: A Ballad of Badger Clark”

Charles Badger Clark was born on January 1, 1883 in Albia, Iowa.  His family moved to Dakota Territory in that same year where his father served as a Methodist preacher in Huron, Mitchell, Deadwood and Hot Springs.  His stepmother Anna Morris, a high school dramatic teacher stirred young Badger’s interest in words.  Badger later spent time in Arizona after contracting tuberculosis, where he developed a passion for ranching, cow-punching and what he called “the last of the old, open range,” writing poetry to reflect his love for a lifestyle quickly slipping away.  After he returned to South Dakota he published his first two books and became a public speaker.  Badger Clark was named the state’s first Poet Laureate in 1937 and was asked to write poetry on many state and national occasions.  His poetry has become a rich part of Western folklore.

rodeo logoThe event will be held at the Dakota Discovery Museum on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus, 1300 McGovern Ave. Mitchell, SD. For more information call 605-996-2122 or email info@dakotadiscovery.com.