Book Purchase Details
You can purchase Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri online here or at these retail locations. 100% of the proceeds go to The Katy Land Trust to preserve the farms and forests along the Katy Trail.
In addition, we are now taking orders for a new Special Edition of the book. In honor of the Saint Louis Climate Summit, we are publishing this special edition of this book, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Center for Environmental Sciences at Saint Louis University to support the summit.
About the Book
In Growing Up with the River, you will meet children from nine generations who grew up along the Missouri River from Hermann to St. Charles. You will share in a long list of adventures and observe the changes they see in the river valley including visits from Lewis and Clark and a presidential candidate, the departure of Native Americans, the arrival of German immigrants, steamboats, trains and a TNT factory, and the the creation of the Katy Trail and Missouri’s largest conservation area. But the children aren’t the only characters in this story.
A bur oak tree grows from an acorn to a majestic symbol of this history as it bears witness to many changes in the natural world – the extinction of the beautiful Carolina parakeet that roosted on its branches, the building of levees to control the flooding that covered its roots, the over-hunting and return of wildlife that rest in its shade, and the loss of native plants in the surrounding countryside.
What hasn’t changed in two centuries is the natural scenic beauty of Missouri River Country and the small river communities.
You, your friends and families can follow the map and stories in this book and plan your own visit to these rural landscapes beginning at the Gateway Arch. The Arch, one of the most recognized symbols in the world, was created to be a lasting symbol to the Missouri River and what took place there.
Our cover illustrates the march of history in the Missouri River valley since 1806.
Ten original paintings were commissioned from Missouri landscape painter Bryan Haynes to tell the story of Missouri River history since Lewis and Clark.
Written by Dan & Connie Burkhardt
Introduction by Frances Levine, President, Missouri History Museum
Epilogue by Jon Landau, Producer of Avatar and Titanic
About the Special Edition
In honor of the Saint Louis Climate Summit, we are publishing a special edition of this book, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Center for Environmental Sciences at Saint Louis University to support the summit. In April 2018, experts from around the world will meet in St. Louis to focus on an issue of global significance and this book can help to inform educators and civic leaders throughout the area.
Missouri artist Bryan Haynes has created a new cover illustrating the march of history with the dark skies of climate change on the horizon. Our Co-Chairs of the Saint Louis Climate Summit, Dr. Peter Raven and Dr. Jack Fishman, have both written original essays speaking to the threats posed by climate change to the Missouri River valley and the world.
Purchase, Read Reviews, or Attend a Book Event
- Purchase the book online
- Purchase the special edition
- Available at these retail locations
- Book signings & speaking engagements
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch Book Review
- Article by Missourian Feature Writer Karen Cernich
- Reader comments and reviews
- Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger on the story behind the stories