ORANGE CITY AREA – Want to know your neighborhood? Then listen to its stories. After the successful Siouxland 101 & requests for more, Jim Schaap will again lead tours of the history & culture of our place. Register online here.
See how our writers have pictured our world— from Sioux Falls (Ole Rølvaag) to Orange City (Walter Muilenburg), from Le Mars (Curtis Harnack) to Alton (Jim Schaap). Plus Native American lit by Joseph Iron Eye Dudley & Zitkala-Sa. (Books available thru interlibrary loan)
Siouxland 102 will feature the work of six imaginative writers, all of whom were born in the area and whose work sometimes features familiar neighborhoods as well as themes that rise from familiar ground.
The class begins Tuesday, March 29 and continues on the last Tuesday of the month: April 26, May 31, June 21 and July 26, all 7:15 to 8:45pm. The first session will meet at the REMSEN PUBLIC LIBARY in Remsen, with a discussion of We Have All Gone Away by Curtis Harnack. NOTE change of location. A relative of Harnack will be present for the discussion.
The class will be led by James Calvin Schaap, who retired after 37 years of teaching literature and writing at Dordt College. He is the author of five novels and many short stories, many of which reflect his own life in the region. He and his wife live north of Alton. He is a board member of the Orange City Arts Council.
Notes from Jim:
We Have All Gone Away by Curtis Harnack. Harnack grew up just south of Remsen and went to LeMars High School. It’s memoir—and really a collection of essays.
Prairie by Walter J. Muilenburg. Really interesting read (I think) by a writer born in Orange City of a pioneer family. (His brother is also very interesting, a prof at Union Theological Seminary.)
Giants in the Earth by Ole Rolvaag. Rolvaag went to Augustana Academy, in Canton, and grew up just north of the state line somewhere—I’m not sure where. We hope to talk about him at Augustana in Sioux Falls, where there’s a Rolvaag park almost, his writing cabin and more.
American Indian Stories and Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Sa. Born just west of here on the Yankton Reservation in 1876, Zitkala-Sa had a colorful life, to say the least. But she’s recognized as a significant voice in Native literature. This small book contains two different genres in her work—memoir and legends.
Choteau Creek by Joseph Iron Eye Dudley is also a memoir, but it’s a beautiful rendition of life on the Yankton Reservation in the 1940 or so, I think, at a time when the old way of life was over but not out for the count. I really did love this book.
Up the Hill: Folks Tales from the Graveyard, by an obscure local writer named Schaap. Presently available only electronically, it will—I hope—be available as a real physical specimen by sometime this spring. This one people will have to buy, but the author will make ‘em an offer they can’t refuse.
Registration for the five-session class is $55 prior to March 15. After March 15, fee is $65. For more info, call 707-4885 or email orangecityartsIA@gmail.com. PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE: HERE.
The class will meet at a different location for each discussion. Class members are encouraged to read the books prior to the class.