Traveling the Mississippi River course

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Fall 2016

Course Description:Join me on a virtual trip up the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico to the origin of theMississippi at Lake Itasca in Minnesota. We will visit interesting historic sites, museums, parks,towns and scenic areas. Our trip will allow us to think about big issues in history through aconsideration of specific areas along the River. Sites visited will be placed in a broad historiccontext including issues such as the environment, colonization, Native Americans and AfricanAmericans, floods, navigation, war, industrialization, urbanization, culture and tourism.PowerPoint and videos will illustrate our trip.

Course Day/Dates:Wed.,Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2

Course Time:1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Course Location:Broadmoor United Methodist Church

Biography: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 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 2016