During the month of April, the Orange City Public Library will be host to two installations: one of watercolor paintings and another of historical farm equipment. These installations will be accompanied by a variety of programs focusing on the prairie and local history.
Judy Thompson’s Homestead Series will go on display on April 1st and be available for viewing through April 30th. Thompson’s painting Silver Lake Reflections commissioned for use as the cover art for the recently released Pioneer Girl: the Annotated Biography by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Homestead Series includes 13 prairie watercolors.
Judy will offer an Artist Talk on April 7 at 6:30 pm. She will discuss the inspiration for her work in the Homestead Series.
Also on display will be a variety of farming tools on loan from the Sioux County Historical Society Museum. These pieces give insight into the historical practices of farming on the prairie. Bob Huibregtse of the Sioux County Historical Society will present two programs during April. The History of Orange City will be presented on April 9 at 6:30 pm. Huibregtse will use books written by locals and residents, about Orange City and the area, to inform attendees on the history of Orange City. Farming on the Prairie will be offered on April 30 at 6:30 pm. This program will feature machinery, practices, and the challenges faced by pioneers farming on the prairie.
All programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Please contact the library for more information.