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New Children’s Book Highlights Early 20th-Century Riverboat Culture

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Missouri Historical Society Press
"Ruth's River Dreams" is available now in bookstores and the Missouri History Museum.

In her new children’s book "Ruth’s River Dreams," historian Elizabeth A. Pickard re-imagines the life of river historian and educator Ruth Ferris, who lived from 1891–1993. Ferris made it her life’s work to study Missouri’s waterways — particularly the Mississippi River.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, Sarah Fenske talked with Pickard about Ferris’ legacy.

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What: Ruth’s River Dreams: The Story of Ruth Ferris and the Golden Eagle Pilothouse
When: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1
Where: The event is virtual — you can join via Zoom

What: Storytelling In The Museum
When: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18
Where: The event is virtual — you can join via Zoom

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