First Lady Georganne Nixon on “Growing Up with the River”

First Lady Georganne Nixon comments on
“Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri”

The Burkhardts know that Jay and I love the Missouri River.  The Governor’s mansion overlooks the Big Muddy, we canoe and kayak on the river, and we explore all along the Katy Trail and the river valley.  We ride our bikes to visit the giant bur oak near the Katy Trail in McBaine, so Dan and Connie sent us a copy of Growing Up with the River.   It is a treasure!  The stories make the history so alive and accessible.  I know that the book will inspire the children of Missouri and their families to get outside and experience more of our beautiful state!

Georganne Nixon
First Lady, State of Missouri

Philip Slein Gallery

Book Signing for “Growing Up with the River” at the Philip Slein Gallery 11/3/16

Philip Slein is an artist, a collector, and a gallery owner in the Central West End. He has been an admirer of the Missouri River, its valleys, and bluffs for decades and Dan asked him to contribute some comments for the cover of “Growing Up with the River”.

Philip Slein commented,

My introduction to the incredible beauty of the Missouri River valley was as a student at the university of Missouri where I met landscape painter Frank Stack. I bought one of his sun-fills soil paintings of the river and that began my years painting in this majestic valley. I credit this introduction with my life-long appreciation of our namesake river.

Just after the book was published, Phil hosted a reception and book signing at the Philip Slein Gallery which included all of Bryan Haynes’s original paintings as well as some sketches.

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Presentation and Book Signing at the St. Louis County Library

Presentation and Book Signing for “Growing Up with the River” at the St. Louis County Library 10/19/16

On October 19, a stormy night didn’t deter 70+ friends of St. Louis County Library from participating in a presentation and book signing by Dan, Connie, and Bryan.

Bonus:  A raffle for a bur oak tree — one of the main characters in “Growing Up with the River” — made the winner very happy (thanks to a generous donation from Forest ReLeaf)!

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Article by Missourian Feature Writer Karen Cernich

“Stories That Will Connect Us To the Land”:
Another rave review for Growing Up with the River!

Growing Up with the River is a series of stories connecting your heart to the land on which so many have lived and loved. Now, another delightfully descriptive article written by Missourian Feature Writer Karen Cernich highlights the inner workings of this creative take on history. Please, enjoy this review here! 

If you have not gotten your copy of this wonderful compilation, you can order yours here, or visit these stores!

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Book Review

A review that specifies just what
all the fuss is about!

If you have found yourself wondering about our book Growing up with the River, here is your chance to find out more!

Growing up with the River will enthrall the attention of audiences young and old! How? Well, the book is full of fictional tales that communicate real heart. While the book’s relatable content does not have a typical approach, however, it does the job right – as this particular review by Jody Mitori for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch touches upon:

“The Burkhardts’ book should encourage readers to explore the Missouri River valley and help usher in the next generation of conservationists.”

With its air of mystery, this book will carry you through time while hopping from one perspective to the next.

Click here to read more in this fantastic review of Growing Up with the River! And don’t forget to order your copy today or stop in at these locations to pick up a copy!

 

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Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger on the story behind the stories

Learn about the story behind the story!

Growing up With the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri

 

Have you ever wondered what motivated Dan and Connie Burkhardt, the founders of KLT, to pour their hearts into the creation of  Growing up with the River? Well, wonder no more! As Connie Burkhardt says:

“It’s about getting people to love the river.”

Take a peek at this insightful article by Tony Messenger to learn more about the story behind the story here! 

 

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“Growing Up with the River” Available at These Retail Locations

You can purchase the book “Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri” online HERE or at the following retail locations:

100% of the proceeds go to The Katy Land Trust. 


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About “Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri”

Stories of conservation & history along the Missouri River

For a small area, the Missouri River Valley west of St. Louis has played an outsized role in the country’s history. The last 100 miles of the longest river in America capture many stories of both the growth of our country and the accompanying changes in the river and environment.

The 112-page hardcover book, designed for young readers, is illustrated with nine original paintings by one of Missouri’s leading artists, Bryan Haynes, with an introduction by Dr. Francis Levine, President of the Missouri History Museum.

These stories take place within the lifespan of one of the book’s recurring characters – a mythical Bur Oak tree that stands near the river and gets its start in 1806. The Bur Oak is one of the grandest of all Missouri oaks and one of the longest-lived trees in the state, living up to 350 years.

“Growing Up with the River” takes a brief look at each of the nine generations that have grown up in nine different communities since Lewis and Clark plied the river for their epic Voyage of Discovery.

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