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Happy Mardis Gras!
Tonight at Millsaps College:

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.


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:


Board, supporting members, volunteers, constituency


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


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?


Action Items to Share & Discuss:

Search for Board Members:

Anyone interested? Any suggestions?




-decision makers (legislators, CEOs, etc)



-public lands (identifying, creating, protecting)

-suggestions for other committees?

Any other Items to Share & Discuss?


Go to: for more information.