West Tennessee…..Past, Present, and Future!!

Guest Blog submitted by Judi Blalock of the Mississippi River Corridor-Tennessee Exciting adventures abound for the Mississippi River Corridor-Tennessee (MRCT), one of the 52 members of the Mississippi River Network working towards a healthy River!  We are firing on all cylinders! The organization has recently relocated to a new office in the historic Midtown Memphis area of Shelby County.  With that said, I would like to share this...

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Walk Together, Mississippi Delta

“Walk Together, Mississippi Delta” is the second installment of Dr. Rolando Herts’ series, “The Mighty River.” To read the first installment, click here. Reprinted with permission by Rolando Herts, Ph.D., Director The Delta Center for Culture and Learning and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area I ask, for the sake of our beloved Mississippi Delta region: who is willing to walk together, hand in hand to the...

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Reeling in River Stories

What would you do with a houseboat the size of an office cubicle? Well, if you’re itinerant artist and general river enthusiast, Wes Modes, you embark on a multi-month journey down the Mississippi River. I had the pleasure of meeting Wes at the first River City Revue of the summer. Wes and his trusty companion, Hazel the Dog, welcomed us aboard the boat. Hanging out with Wes and his boat was exactly how I imagined encountering Huckleberry...

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Ashes to Ashes – Floods to Floods – June Newsletter

Always Learning Something New Recent research is shining fresh light on the ancient River city of Cahokia. Named a World Heritage Site in 1982, professional archeologists and amateur historians alike have long been fascinated by Cahokia, the second largest city in North America before European colonization. Home to more people than London in AD 1250, Cahokia was situated on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River near present day St. Louis....

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A Tour of Possibilities

On January 29, 2015, Carolyn Michael Banks of A Tour of Possibilities, invited a few area organizations and residents on a familiarization tour to showcase and share the historical and cultural gems African Americans have contributed to Memphis, TN. At the tour’s end the primary goal of Carolyn Michael Banks, the conductor and commentator was for it to resonate with visitors and residents alike that “I am a Possibility”. Throughout the...

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The Mighty River and the Mighty Delta

 Reprinted with permission by Rolando Herts, Ph.D., Director The Delta Center for Culture and Learning and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area The Mighty River runs through us all. It binds us, north, south, big and small. The River has made us who we are; Without it, the Delta would not be. The River brought us here to heal this land, Hand in hand, you and me. Let us go to the River. Walk together to the River. Let us go to the...

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Pere Marquette State Park: a place to reconnect with nature and work on a great local project!

How do we reconnect with where we live? How do we stop and “smell the roses” in a place we have seen over and over again? How do we learn to appreciate our surroundings we likely take for granted each day? Searching for the answer, I began to explore the world around me. I stood on the banks of the Mississippi River and there was a brief pause where my mind went blank and I was just “being.” Instead of emails, phone calls, or my...

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