Klub/Kumla, Ham & Stark headline season kick-off

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The Geographical Center Historical Society will kick off its 2013 season with a Klub/Kumla and Ham Dinner and a special program featuring Fargo cartoonist/historian Steve Stark on Sunday, April 14, at the Rugby Eagles.

The event is open to the public. The program is free and appropriate for all ages. Cost of dinner is a freewill donation.

Dinner will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stark's Illustrated History presentation, "Abraham Lincoln's North Dakota Legacy," will start at 1:30.

Norwegians call it "kumla," Germans call it "klub," but no matter what name you choose, fans love these potato dumplings centered with a piece of ham and cooked in ham broth. Served with melted butter, they are an ethnic treat. Chef Linda Lysne also plans to serve ham, baked potatoes and carrots. Friends of the Museum will supply bars.

Stark, an award-winning editorial cartoonist, dresses in historical clothing and tells history stories while drawing them out in charcoal on 20 to 30 foot paper rolls. School children know him as "Mr. History"; he's earned a national reputation for his portrayals of Teddy Roosevelt; and he's the creative director, head writer and a performer on Prairie Public Radio's "Dakota Air: The Radio Show."

Stark also will be giving a presentation for fourth graders at Rugby's Ely Elementary on April 15. His Rugby appearances are supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

For more information on the museum and other activities, visit www.prairievillagemuseum.com.