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How The Mississippi River Shaped St. Louis

Dec 6, 2019

Andrew Wanko (left) is a public historian for the Missouri Historical Society. David Lobbig (right) is the curator of environmental life at the Missouri Historical Society.
Credit EVIE HEMPHILL | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

The Mississippi River has been integral to life in the St. Louis region for hundreds of years — from Native Americans who occupied areas in and around Cahokia Mounds to the later arrival of Europeans.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske talked with Andrew Wanko, public historian for the Missouri Historical Society and author of the new book, “Great River City: How the Mississippi Shaped St. Louis.” 

David Lobbig, curator of environmental life at the Missouri Historical Society, also joined the conversation. He is the content lead on the Missouri History Museum’s newest exhibit, “Mighty Mississippi,” which opened Nov. 23.

Hear their conversation:

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Tonina Saputo. The engineer is Aaron Doerr, and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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