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March 13 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2013

"No Longer Estranged - A History of Urban Rivers"

presented by Amahia Mallea, Asst. Professor of History, Drake University

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

6 p.m. Social Hourkcsunrise
7 p.m. Presentation
At  Hickok's Grill
528 Walnut St. - Kansas City, MO (in the River Market)

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(directions below)

Presentation is FREE!

Please support our partner by coming early for dinner and drinks at this great local establishment! Happy Hour till 7:00

Many of our cities were founded on the banks of major rivers. Once they were highways connecting our communities to each other, our rivers became neglected dumping grounds as our cities turned their backs on them, embracing a future of railroads and then highways.

Kansas City is a perfect example, and is a good example of how cities are beginning to remember the important resource these rivers are for their identity, history and health. Amahia Mallea has been studying the difficult history Kansas City has with the Missouri River, and will use KC as a template for talking about the renaissance urban areas are having with their rivers.

We are lucky Prof. Mallea will be joining us from Iowa to share her insights and hope about the relationship Kansas City has with the river that runs through it.

Amahia Mallea is a graduate of the University of Missouri - Columbia. She has been focusing her research on the relationship of urban areas to their rivers, with an emphasis on the Missouri River. In 2003 she biked along the Missouri River from Columbia to Bismark, ND, an experience that has shaped her views of the challenges along the Missouri River. Since then, her research has included in-depth studies of Kansas City and the Missouri River as well as the Anacostia River.


From Kansas City, Kansas:

  • Take I-70 into Missouri.
  • Take exit 2D towards Main St.
  • Merge onto W. 6th St.
  • Turn left onto Walnut St. Hickok's Grill will be on your left.

From the East:

  • Take I-70 into downtown Kansas City.
  • Take exit 2F toward Grand St./Walnut St./Oak St.
  • Keep left at the fork and merge onto E Independence Ave.
  • Turn right onto Walnut St. Hickok's Grill will be on your left.


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