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. 

We invite you to watch this virtual storytelling journey that brings “Growing Up with the River” to life and invites families, and people of all ages, to connect with Missouri history, conservation, and culture. The 10-part series aired in the Summer of 2020 and explores the Missouri River Valley from 1806 and into the future. Each chapter features a narration by a guest storyteller, interpretation by special guest experts and a fun, chapter-related kid-friendly activity to do at home. 

July 29th, 2020 
Chapter One: 1806: La Charrette

August 5th, 2020
Chapter Two: 1832: Femme Osage

August 12th, 2020
Chapter Three: 1862: Hermann

August 19th, 2020 
Chapter Four: 1883: New Haven

August 26th, 2020
Chapter Five: 1904: Marthasville 

September 2nd, 2020
Chapter Six: 1932: Washington

September 9th, 2020
Chapter Seven: 1959: St. Charles

September 16th, 2020
Chapter Eight: 1986: Augusta

September 23rd, 2020
Chapter Nine: 2016: Chesterfield

September 30th, 2020
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: