Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri by Dan and Connie Burkhardt explores our state’s rich cultural heritage through the eyes of nine generations of children growing up in river towns from Hermann to the Confluence. 

Join us on a virtual storytelling journey that brings Growing Up with the River to life and invites families to connect with Missouri history, conservation, and culture through weekly interactive live programs with professional storytellers and special guests. As we explore the Missouri River Valley from 1806 and into the future, this 10-part series will highlight many of the book’s featured historical landmarks that still exist today. 

Register for this series to receive chapter updates including; links to videos, fun book activities, and a chance to win a free copy of Growing Up with the River.

July 29th, 4pm 
Chapter One: 1806: La Charrette

August 5th, 4pm 
Chapter Two: 1832: Femme Osage

August 12th, 4pm 
Chapter Three: 1862: Hermann

August 19th, 4pm 
Chapter Four: 1883: New Haven

August 26th, 4pm 
Chapter Five: 1904: Marthasville 

September 2nd, 4pm 
Chapter Six: 1932: Washington

September 9th, 4pm 
Chapter Seven: 1959: St. Charles

September 16th, 4pm 
Chapter Eight: 1986: Augusta

September 23rd, 4pm 
Chapter Nine: 2016: Chesterfield

September 30th, 4pm 
Chapter Ten: 2040: The Missouri River Valley


This program was made in partnership with; HECTVSt. Louis Storytelling FestivalMissouri History Museum, and Magnificent Missouri

Our deepest gratitude to Dan and Connie Burkhardt, without whom this series would not have been made possible. 

Artwork for this book was created by artist Bryan Haynes. For more information on his artwork, visit: