On January 25, 2014 Sam Koltinsky, producer of the documentary “America's Darling: The Story of Jay N. "Ding" Darling,” set up an exhibit of the The Hidden Works of Jay N. “Ding” Darling at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum and Library in West Branch, Iowa.
The exhibit, on display at the museum until March 23, 2014, showcases a collection of artifacts, including many of Ding Darling’s personal and family objects, cartoons, sketches, and the newly uncovered original printing plates from The Des Moines Register. It has been dedicated to Kip Koss, Darling’s only grandson, who recently passed away.
As a political cartoonist, Jay N. “Ding” Darling worked for the Sioux City Journal, The Des Moines Register, and the Globe, in New York. During his career, his work appeared in more than 100 newspapers across the United States, and he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice, in 1924 and again in 1942. Throughout his life Darling also devoted his talents to conservation education and to developing programs and institutions that would benefit wildlife. The National Wildlife Federation, the Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit Program, the Federal Duck Stamp Program, all owe their early existence to Darling.