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LMRD No 552

Friday, Feb 9, 2018




2018 is the 20th Anniversary of Quapaw Canoe Company!

We’re celebrating 20 years of guided wilderness trips on the Lower Mississippi River. We wouldn't be here without the free-flowing beauty and power of the glorious river — and you! All of you who have gone on river expeditions with us, or attended programs, or become river rat friends. Our paddles are up to all of you for helping us become who we are today!




This year we'll be celebrating with some special offerings like full moon trips, summer beach specials, artist retreats, the Mississippi 440, and other special events and trips. You'll see some of these in the below Calendar of Events. Note: Summer Camp in June! For HS age. Go to Mississippi River Summer Leadership Camp for application and more information!


We'll also announce special river activities elsewhere, such as this:

Next Tuesday: Mississippi River Symposium:

Mississippi: the River, the People, the State

Jim Giesen, James Barnett, and John Ruskey

Millsaps College Arts & Lecture Series

Tuesday, Feb 13th, Jackson, MS

The mighty Mississippi River and the many ways it has affected the state of Mississippi and its people will be featured in this program. History professor Dr. Jim Giesen of Mississippi State University will moderate the program and discuss the history and cultural relevance of the Mississippi River to our state. Archivist and writer Jim Barnett will discuss how the river itself and its path have affected the state. He will discuss his recent book, Beyond Control: The Mississippi River’s New Channel to the Gulf of Mexico. Finally John Ruskey of Clarksdale, who is a musician, painter, writer, and owner of Quapaw Canoe Company, will talk about the influence of the river on artists, musicians, and writers and more.

Tickets are $10. Season tickets are available.

All Arts & Lecture Series programs will be in Millsaps College's Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall at 7 pm unless otherwise noted.

Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/261720524319597/ for more information.

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OPEN RIVERS

Just Published! 2018 issue of OPEN RIVERS Journal…


(From intro by editor Pat Nunnally:)


"The work of the Lower Mississippi River Foundation and the Quapaw Canoe Company likewise points the ways to the community-building that will need to take place if we are to continue to enjoy a vibrant, life-giving relationship with our rivers…”

Issue 9 of Open Rivers "Innovation" is now posted!
Welcome to Issue 9 of Open Rivers, which begins our third year of publication! Our tagline, “Rethinking Water, Place & Community,” speaks to our sense that there is a conversation taking place in diverse professional sectors and academic disciplines about the relationships between our human communities and our water communities, and that there is an audience for this conversation, both on campus and in the broader water-oriented professional community. Accordingly, this issue’s theme of “Innovation” highlights some of the projects that we think are forming a basis for a new way of thinking, seeing, and doing work.

The Water Bar project is becoming increasingly well known as an imaginative way to form community by talking about water. As Shanai Matteson’s article demonstrates, what started as a very simple concept—create a bar that serves tap water—has turned into something much bigger and is forging systemic change through new relationships. The work of the Lower Mississippi River Foundation and the Quapaw Canoe Company likewise points the ways to the community-building that will need to take place if we are to continue to enjoy a vibrant, life-giving relationship with our rivers. True community-building requires new ways of seeing; after reading Andrea Carlson’s vivid piece, “On The Uncompromising Hand,” and seeing the accompanying images/video, you may never be able to see St. Anthony Falls as simply an engineered landscape without also recognizing the erasures of community-valued places.

Our usual columns support the concept of “seeing things differently.” Quinn Feller writes about the project of devising a largely visual way to convey the notion of a mountain as a place where three watersheds meet. Nancy Buck Hoffman illuminates an overlooked question about the historic Fort Snelling complex by asking, “What water did the troops drink?” and telling a story associated with a bottle excavated during archaeological investigations. I write about the enduring value that the nonprofit River Action brings to its local riverfront, pointing out how the organization’s innovative work from 35 years ago has been carried forward in a way that responds to changing circumstances to tell a powerful story. Our “Teaching and Practice” column, co-authored by four undergraduate students from Macalester College, discusses the perils and fun of summer fieldwork and shifts the temporal scale; River Action has been an organization roughly twice as long as these students have been alive. Finally, Margaret Flood reviews an exhibit on the many ways our encounters with all forms of water shape our health, our perceptions of space, and sense of time.

Happy reading!

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Pat Nunnally, Coordinator, River Life
Editor, Open Rivers: Rethinking Water, Place, and Community
University of Minnesota
612-625-7225
Open Rivers, a digital platform for multivocal, interdisciplinary exploration of relationships between water and community.


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The Mississippi is Everyone’s River:

Our good friend Dean Klinkenberg is kicking off a Patreon campaign to share his river-related writing!

Check it out at:
https://www.patreon.com/DeanKlinkenberg.

Dean Klinkenberg

The Mississippi Valley Traveler

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Position Opening:

Excellent opportunity for someone who loves and knows the Lower Mississippi River and its great valley — someone with a strong conservation background!

Click Here to Apply: Environment Program Officer, Mississippi River

https://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/who-we-are/careers/environment-program-officer-mississippi-river


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Upcoming River Events in 2018

-ongoing: GRIOT River Arts Youth Program on Sunflower River

February, 2018

-Mississippi: the River, the People, the State, Millsaps College Arts & Lecture Series

Tues Feb 13 featuring Jim Giesen, James Barnett, and John Ruskey (see below for details)

-Smithsonian Water/Ways partner meeting Fri Feb 16, 11am-12noon

-Lower Mississippi River Foundation 2nd General Annual Membership Meeting; Friends of the Sunflower River 16th Annual Meeting. Noon, Sat, Feb 17, 2018 (see below for details)

March, 2018

-44th Annual Arkansas Governor's Conference on Tourism, West Memphis, AR

Quapaw Canoe Company is a finalist for the 2018 Natural State Award!

June 2018

-Mississippi River Summer Camp June 11-15, 2018 for HS kids, 5 days in big canoes learning leadership and survival skills. Led by Environmental Science teacher Shannon McMulkin.

-Mississippi River Artist's Retreat June on remote river island... 5-days of pure color, pattern, water, mud, sand and the huge expanse of the open sky over the biggest river in North America! Led by artist “Drfitwood Johnnie” John Ruskey

August 2018

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition August 31 and Oct 13, 2018 at the Quapaw Canoe Company Interpretive Center at 289 Sunflower (3rd & Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale, Miss) between August 31 and Oct 13, 2018. This is the only location along the Lower Mississippi River from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico to be hosting this thought-provoking exhibit.

Go to https://museumonmainstreet.org/content/waterways for more info

More Details about Upcoming Events

Mississippi: the River, the People, the State

Jim Giesen, James Barnett, and John Ruskey

Millsaps College Arts & Lecture Series

The mighty Mississippi River and the many ways it has affected the state of Mississippi and its people will be featured in this program. History professor Dr. Jim Giesen of Mississippi State University will moderate the program and discuss the history and cultural relevance of the Mississippi River to our state. Archivist and writer Jim Barnett will discuss how the river itself and its path have affected the state. He will discuss his recent book, Beyond Control: The Mississippi River’s New Channel to the Gulf of Mexico. Finally John Ruskey of Clarksdale, who is a musician, painter, writer, and owner of Quapaw Canoe Company, will talk about the influence of the river on artists, musicians, and writers and more.

Tickets are $10. Season tickets are available.

All Arts & Lecture Series programs will be in Millsaps College's Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall at 7 pm unless otherwise noted.

Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/261720524319597/ for more information.

Saturday, Feb 17, 2018: Lower Mississippi River Foundation 2nd General Annual Membership Meeting. Friends of the Sunflower River 16th Annual Meeting.

The 2018 meeting is 12noon Saturday, Feb 17th, on the riverbank behind Quapaw Canoe Company, 3rd & Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale. We'll start with a bonfire and potluck meeting, and then jump into a Sunflower River Cleanup afterwards. Come join us, if you can. Quapaw Canoe Company is donating canoes and paddleboards for the cleanup. Dress for the weather. Bring a loaf of bread, a bag of chips, or some hot dish to share at potluck. We’ll provide serving and eating utensils.

Love your River

Dear Y'all: The general annual membership meeting of the Friends of the Sunflower River traditionally takes place at noon on the Saturday closest to Valentine’s Day. As you know, the Friends is now overseen by the Lower Mississippi River Foundation. So we will now carry on this fine spring tradition with a broadened scope. Our focus tomorrow is the Sunflower. But the LMRF is concerned about health & recreation on the entire Lower Mississippi Valley, the big river and all of its tributaries. As result our caring group of river lovers can operate from the same lonely river, but now with a bigger dream and broader vision. This and more to be shared tomorrow around the bonfire potluck!

Soul Searching: the LMRF 5-year Strategic Plan

During the winter/spring 2016 we did some intensive soul-searching for the long-term health of the LMRF. With the help of the Community Roots of Vermont we crated a 5-year strategic plan. We realized that the river has become a rarified environment accessible to a few. We seek to restore the balance. We think our most important work we can do is to help diversify and democratize the river by making it accessible to all. “The Lower Mississippi River Foundation promotes stewardship of the Lower and Middle Mississippi River through deep engagement.” This is our mission statement. Our 5-year objectives are focused on deeply engaging kids of all ages, with particular attention to Mississippi Valley youth and college students from the southern states along the river. We also intend to share the river with more community leaders and decision makers. At the same time we will work with our partners to make sure that no species are lost, that more public boat ramps will be created, and more public lands will be saved. These are very challenging objectives, for sure. But this is what we are best at. We just want to do more of the same. And strengthen our reach. We want to your help to enable us to do any even better job at what we are already doing, and to be able to do it more proactively... in other words: more thoughtfully, more thoroughly, and as always with the best of intentions.

Benefits for members with current standing:

20% Discount on Sunflower River Rentals

10% Discount on rentals or any guided trips offered by Quapaw Canoe Company

Internal Items to Share & Discuss:

Structure:

Board, supporting members, volunteers, constituency

Budget:

Income, Expenses, Percentages of Programs, In-Kind, Partners

Privacy:

Names and email address only used for LMRF business, for the newsletter, and with 1 Mississippi. 1 Mississippi does not share info with anyone else.

Any other Items to Share & Discuss?

Questions?

Action Items to Share & Discuss:

Search for Board Members:

Anyone interested? Any suggestions?

Committees:

-strategies

-policy

-decision makers (legislators, CEOs, etc)

-colleges

-youth

-public lands (identifying, creating, protecting)

-suggestions for other committees?

Any other Items to Share & Discuss?

Questions?

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Hi, John. Congrats on the 20-year anniversary of the QCC! That's an impressive milestone. This is going to be a big year for me, too. I'm just now kicking off a Patreon campaign to raise some money to support my river-related writing. If you could share the news with anyone who might be interested, that would be a big help. And I'm hoping to pass through your neck of the woods this spring. I'll let you know when I get that worked out. Talk to you soon!

Ten years ago, I began writing about the Mississippi River. Yes, it’s been ten years! This has been a labor of love from the beginning, which means that it has never really paid for itself. I am working to change that in 2018.

As you may or may not have followed every step I have taken in the past ten years, here are a few highlights:

I share stories of the people and places along the Mississippi, like the story about the University of Iowa professor who called Iowa’s river towns “skuzzy.” Part of my response got picked up by CNN.

Much of my work is aimed at people who are traveling to the Mississippi River, but I’m also trying to steer visitors to experiences that help them connect with people in Mississippi River towns and with the river. I supplement my on-line river town profiles with additional articles to give visitors context for what they’re seeing and experiencing. When someone drives through Keokuk, Iowa, for example, I want them to see through the present difficulties and look at what the city has been (and could be again).

I’m not doing this just to provide travel advice, though. I also write for the people who live and work along the Mississippi. Every now and then I nudge river town residents to wake up and smell the river and to explore ideas that could turn their communities around.

I tell three-dimensional stories about the people and places of the river—triumphs and disappointments, warts and all. I do this by being on the ground, by visiting each community, talking to people in cafes and bars, and researching in libraries.

I’ve written six guide books for travelers and two Frank Dodge mysteries set in river towns. I’ve built a website (MississippiValleyTraveler.com) that has a growing directory of river town profiles. I’ve shared hundreds of photographs that span the river from Minnesota to Louisiana.

I’ve driven the entire Great River Road at least once, and parts of it multiple times. I’ve been lucky enough to ride on the American Queen as a guest lecturer and to paddle with John Ruskey and the Quapaw Canoe Company from New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico.

And I want to keep going.

As part of my plan for the new year, I have set up a Patreon site, which is a place where followers of artists of various stripes (including writers) can show their support by pledging a contribution that can be as little as a dollar a month. Supporters get rewards like gift cards with original photographs of the Mississippi River and previews of works in progress. (Right now, for example, I’m working on a book that will take a fresh look at our history with the Mississippi River; I’ll be sharing a few early drafts of individual chapters with Patreon supporters.)

So this is where you come in. I need your help to spread the word about this Patreon campaign. If you’d like to contribute, too, that’s great, but sharing this email widely would be an immense help.

Like other independent artists, I am exploring new models for generating the revenue to support my work. Patreon is one of those models, and it is built around making it easy for a lot of people to show support, no matter how small that contribution might be. That’s why your help sharing this far and wide is so critical: the more people that see this message, the more likely it is to get in front of the people who value this content.

And rest assured that I won’t keep bugging you with messages. This is the only email I will be sending you about this, although you might come across posts in social media in the next few days.

So there you have it. I appreciate your help spreading the word about this campaign. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly.

Thanks, and I’ll see you on the river!

Dean

P.S. Once again, people can find out about this campaign here: https://www.patreon.com/DeanKlinkenberg.

Dean Klinkenberg

The Mississippi Valley Traveler

P.O. Box 15146

St. Louis, MO 63110-5146

(314) 497-3741

Partner, Mississippi River Network

Dean@TravelPassages.com

Author of the Frank Dodge Mysteries ( Rock Island Lines; Double-Dealing in Dubuque)

http://deanklinkenberg.com/frank-dodge-mysteries/

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Dear Water/Ways Group: Hullo and Happy Canoe Year!

About our meeting Friday, Feb 16th, 2018 11am-12noon at Meraki Coffeeshop, introducing new LMRF director, Shannon McMulkin.

Smithsonian Water/Ways, Clarksdale, Miss

-Dates: Aug 31 - Oct 13, 2018

-Make plans for Grand Opening

-Water/Ways Youth Docents (to guide visitors through exhibit)

-Water/Ways Adult Training

-Special programs we can design

Also, we’ll share with everyone our plans for outdoor youth programming in 2018:

-Mississippi River Summer Camp June 11-15

-LiNKS plan

Thanks to all — let me know if you have any questions.

-John