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Baritone, Riverlorian, Photographer, Filmmaker, Storyteller   

Steven Marking is a Riverlorian, which means he loves to tell the stories of The Mississippi River. His hallmark is combining education and entertainment to make learning fun.

A Visit From Will Dilg is available as a multimedia stage production or as a movie that can be screened anywhere.

Will Dilg was an environmental giant you probably never heard of. He created the Izaak Walton League of America and lead our first successful large scale grass roots movement to stop the drainage of the Upper Mississippi River Lands by creating the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (50 min runtime)

Meet The Mississippi is a power point presentation with images and video clips that explain the geology, geography, navigation, man made alterations, and basic ecology of the great river.

The Golden Age of Steamboat tells the story of how our midwest was built by these amazing motor vehicles of the past. Contains a bit of expounding by Mark Twain

Log Rafting on The Mississippi River tells the story of how our northern White Pine Forest was harvested and floated down the river to build houses and towns on the Great Plains.

Wildlife Along the River features fantastic photos and video clips of the creatures that inhabit our Upper Mississippi River Valley.


Steve Marking plays Will Dilg in A VISIT FROM WILL DILG
Steven Marking plays Will Dilg in an inspiring, one-man multi-media show. In the early 1920’s Will Dilg’s only son drowned in the Mississippi River. Dilg rose up from the depths of depression and mourning to become a tireless, fanatic firebrand – leading an extraordinary national crusade to form the Izaak Walton League and save a 261 mile stretch of Mississippi River Backwaters we now know as the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. While his life was cut short, his accomplishments are still legendary, and we all will benefit by hearing from him on the 100th Anniversary of the Refuge, which is June 7, 2024. The show will be available as a live presentation and as a documentary movie.

Rave Reviews for Steve’s show “Our Mighty Mississippi”

Having worked on the Mississippi  for almost thirty years, and paddled its length, I found “Our Mighty Mississippi” truly captures the river’s spirit.
John Sullivan, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The audience jumped to their feet for a standing ovation after Steven Marking’s show
“Our Mighty Mississippi”. Being we are a river town, folks could easily relate to the music, stories and photos of this great river and Steven’s beautiful baritone voice and warm presence made it even more captivating!
Kris Niebler, Program Director, Coon Rapids, Minnesota

Rave Reviews for Steve’s latest CD “Holy Chestnuts”
What a work of love this album is! The artistry of both Steven and organist Donald Livingston, as they perform Victorian Anthems,  is of the highest order. This latest collaboration shows off their partnership both beautifully and meaningfully.
Bill Mathis, Music Minister Emeritus
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rave Reviews for Steve’s river talk “1811: A Roosevelt, A Comet, A Steamboat and the New Madrid Earthquakes”
By acting this story out you brought history to life! I had no idea we had earthquakes in the midwest – I never learned this in school!
Cruise Guest, American Cruise Lines


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