For St. Louis, the Mississippi has always been more than just a river. It’s been the focus of the local economy, a shaping force on millions of lives, and a mirror for the city’s triumphs, embarrassments, joys, and tragedies. In “Great River City,” public historian for the Missouri Historical Society Andrew Wanko examines the many ways St. Louis has interacted with the mighty river running past its door. Included among the dozens of stories are landmark moments in the history of St. Louis, from Lewis and Clark’s 1803 expeditionary stopover and the construction of the Eads Bridge in the 1860s to more recent events, like the Great Flood of 1993.
Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Missouri Historical Society.