Spring 2018 OLLI course on The Mississippi River

The Mississippi River
Edwin Lyon

Exploring the Mississippi River webpage: www.edwinlyon.com
Email: edwinlyon@earthlink.net

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU
Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Broadmoor United Methodist Church
10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge


  • Introduction to course, the Natural Environment, Native Americans,
  • The Antebellum River
  • The Modern River
  • The Mississippi River in American Culture and the Modern Environment
  • A virtual trip along the Mississippi River I
  • A virtual trip along the Mississippi River II


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. Enjoy a virtual trip down the river, illustrated by videos. Special attention is given to historic and natural sites you can visit along the river.


Edwin Lyon retired 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 Tulane University for 10 years. He is a cruise speaker for seven-night Mississippi River cruises.

Edwin Lyon 2018