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LMRD 752, Friday, Dec 6, 2019
The Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
"Voice of the Mississippi River"

Mississippian Man (after DaVinci), 2019, John Ruskey, At Cassidy Bayou Gallery, December 2019

Some cool river stuff to share:
~~~December, 2019~~~

*Mighty Mississippi Exhibition*

At Missouri History Museum, St. Louis
November 23, 2019 — April 18, 2021
Click here for Preview of Exhibition

*Boyce Upholt "Kamikaze Canoe"*
Haverford Magazine, Fall 2019

*The Cassidy Bayou Gallery, Sumner, MS *
Featuring Paintings by Kyd Clark, Sheila Gourlay, Hayden Hall, and John Ruskey through the end of the year

*Daniel Coe: Mississippi River Comparison*

Comparison of Harold Fisk's (US Army Corps of Engineers) 1944 maps from the "Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River" with modern day lidar-derived images of the river. Go to for viewing incredible river images and comparisons with Fisk. Recently featured in National Geographic Magazine.

Daniel Coe: Blue Bayou (Lake Chicot, headwaters of the Macon Bayou)

*Full Frosty Beaver Moon Trips*
Dec 12, 13, and 14th - Clarksdale, Helena, Memphis

*Horn Island: Live in Print*
Sat, Dec 7, 2-4pm, Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS: The Fall issue of Oxford American magazine chronicled our epic journey to Horn Island by canoe in print and as part of their podcast, Points South. “Live in Print” breathes life into the characters on the page and reunites a number of the castaways who spent six days camping on the wilderness island, including captain John “Driftwood” Ruskey and John Anderson – son of Walter Anderson. Pick up your copy of the magazine, participate in a discussion in the Horn Island galleries, and see the premiere of a short film produced about the journey. Click Here for more info.

Rainbow Rescue, 2019, John Ruskey, At Cassidy Bayou Gallery, December 2019

Through Dec 29th
Open Saturdays and Sundays 1-3pm

Or by Appointment:
call Langdon Clay

Make an evening of it with supper & drinks afterward at the next door Sumner Grille. Great food and ambience in historic town square on Cassidy Bayou, where 1955 Emmett Till (mis) trial took place; described in Delta Bohemian magazine as “a dining mecca for the most beautiful town in all of the Mississippi Delta, Sumner.” Call 662-833-3051 for reservations.

For more info, and preview, go to:

About the Cassidy Bayou Art and Culture Center:

Brothers Desaix and Buford Anderson founded the Cassidy Bayou Art and Culture Center in 2011.

In an interview with Walt Grayson that ran on WLBT-TV in May 2015, the brothers discussed why they were compelled to open the gallery.

“I see so many possibilities for this town,” said Buford. “You need to leave a place and come back to really see the potential.”

"When we mentioned that we were thinking about putting an art gallery in here,” said Desaix, “[people] said, ‘What are you talking about? We need a grocery store and a restaurant.’ We said, ‘We'll put in the art gallery and you'll put in those other things.' And lo and behold, we've got a great restaurant."

The Sumner Grille, which opened in 2013, was described in Delta Bohemian magazine as “a dining mecca for the most beautiful town in all of the Mississippi Delta, Sumner.” Visit the Sumner Grill Facebook page for details about the restaurant and to read what people have to say about this popular gathering place.

A main goal of the Cassidy Bayou Gallery is to promote the arts by featuring the rich and diverse works of regional artists.

CBACC is just one of the initiatives undertaken in the Town of Sumner to reinvigorate this historic community.

Sumner’s history is incomplete without mentioning the town's dark place in civil-rights history. Young Emmett Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago, was brutally murdered in 1955 while visiting his family in an adjacent county. The trial of the men accused—and wrongly acquitted—of the murder was held in the Sumner Courthouse, which has been restored to its 1955 appearance. The Emmett Till Interpretive Center on the Courthouse square opened in 2015 “to tell the story of the Emmett Till tragedy and point a way towards racial healing.” The Anderson brothers encourage visitors to explore the Interpretive Center’s website and tour the Center when in Sumner.


Missouri History Museum, St. Louis
November 23, 2019 — April 18, 2021

Opening week only: Junebug I Canoe on display!
Junebug I was built by Quapaw Canoe Company in 2009 and now serves legendary big river guide and personal compadre, Michael F. Clark, Big Muddy Mike, of Big Muddy Adventures!

St. Louis Mo., Monday, August 19, 2019 — For thousands of years the Mississippi River has been the lifeblood of the heartland of the United States. Through ice ages and droughts, the river has seen the arrival of humans and the extinction of species. On Nov. 23, 2019, the Missouri History Museum, located in St. Louis’ Forest Park, will open a new 6,000-square-feet special exhibit that explores the rich heritage of the famous river. Mighty Mississippi puts the grandeur of North America’s greatest river in context with the cultures that have grown and thrived around it, from the largest and most influential American Indian centers of the Mississippian period; to the vast European and Indian fur trade networks that forever changed the continent; to the steamboats, factories and immigration of the Industrial Age.

The story of survival along one of the earth’s greatest watersheds is told through more than 200 artifacts, many dating back over 1,000 years. The Missouri History Museum drew from the impressive collections of the Missouri Historical Society in developing Mighty Mississippi. The Missouri Historical Society houses and cares for one of the largest collections of intact Mississippian artifacts in the country. The exhibit features the largest display of Mississippian artifacts shown at the Missouri History Museum in three decades.

Some of the Mississippian artifacts on display include:

  • Earthenware salt pan found in Kimmswick, Missouri ca. 1000—1700
  • Stemmed points made from gar scales, ca. 900—1750
  • Canada goose leg bone whistle, ca. 900—1750
  • Twenty-six beads made of Leptoxis snail shell, ca. 450 —1400
  • Mississippian water monster effigy bowl from St. Clair County, Illinois, ca. 1100—1400
  • Lightning whelk from French Village, Illinois, ca. 900—1350
  • Engraved gorget made from whelk shell, ca. 900—1350

Other artifacts on display include:

  • The pilothouse from the Golden Eagle steamboat. The pilothouse is one of only a handful left in the United States and one of the single largest artifacts in the Missouri Historical Society’s collection.
  • Northwest gun made by Robert Wheeler of Birmingham, England, 1802—1810
  • Missouri war ax, 1800—1840
  • Cannon used by the American Fur Company, ca. 1835

Mighty Mississippi is open Nov. 23, 2019, through April 18, 2021, at the Missouri History Museum. Admission is free. Bank of America is the presenting sponsor. Additional support provided by JSM Charitable Trust.

*Incredible Opportunity Now Open:
Business Partner for the Quapaw Canoe Company!

This is an extraordinary opportunity for anyone who both loves the water and has dreamed of running or partnering in their own business.

Purchase or partnership using well-established and successful system of operations. Great opportunity to take it & run, but also for coaching, mentoring, logistical support, and camaraderie of the Quapaw Canoe network of river rats on the biggest and baddest river in North America!

Description: Quapaw Canoe Company is now offering a partnership opportunity for someone with a strong passion for rivers, outdoor recreation, and is ready to dive into a challenging but rewarding business based in Clarksdale, Miss, (with outposts in Vicksburg and Helena, Arkansas). Visionary thriving business with incredible range: the Mighty Mississippi River from St. Louis to Gulf of Mexico; 1200 miles of free-flowing river. Quapaw Canoe Company is a small, mission-driven, dynamic business with many types of service including guiding & outfitting, outdoor education, and canoe construction. Applicant must be willing to tackle challenges and learn new skills. We will train as needed. All QCC staff share in all aspects of the work to be done. For more information about QCC, please visit

Requirements: Must be friendly and people-oriented. Must be good with kids as well as adults. Must have good communication skills, and be able to speak comfortably with individuals as well as groups. Must be a capable writer and typist. Must be computer savvy (both Microsoft and Apple systems). Knowledge of Quickbooks a plus. Ability with Social Media a plus. Must be willing to tackle challenges and learn new skills. We will train as needed. Must be a good team member, but also must able to work independently. Must be passionate about the outdoors and the American wilderness ethic. Must be physically capable of outdoor tasks (such as canoeing and kayaking) and moving heavy equipment in preparation and/or cleanup of expeditions. Must be honest, earnest and hard-working. We are all worker bees in this company; the river is the queen.

To Apply: Please send 1) current resume, 2) an essay describing your interest, 3) Three letters of reference, and 4) personal letter to: John Ruskey, Quapaw Canoe Company, 291 Sunflower Avenue, Clarksdale, MS 38614, or by email to Feel free to write at length. Feel free to send any other supporting materials to help us understand who you are and where your passion for the river comes from. Please contact above for more information. Serious inquiries only.




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