Mississippi River Course

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU

July 7,14,21,28
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Broadmoor United Methodist Church
10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge

Course Fee: $20


1. Introduction to course, the Natural Environment, Native Americans, Archaeology and Historic Preservation

2. The Antebellum River

3.The Modern River

4. The Mississipi River in American Culture and the Environment


We live within a few miles of the Mississippi River, one of the most important and fascinating rivers in the world. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the river and its history and culture. Topics to be covered include the natural environment, Native Americans, the colonial river, steamboats and navigation, flooding and flood control, river culture, literature, and art. Special attention will be given to historic and natural sites along the river that you can visit. Enjoy images and videos of the river.


Edwin Lyonretired from a career as an archaeologist and historian for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans. He received his PhD in history from LSU as well as his MA in anthropology. He taught Mississippi River courses at night at Tulane University for 10 years, along with other courses on public history and travel and history. More recently he has taught courses for Chautauqua New Orleans on the Mississippi River and archaeology for travelers. He has traveled the Mississippi River from its origin at Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico, but not every mile.

Edwin Lyon 2018