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Brewery, research center to host singing river traveler


From Illinois Business Journal news services

ALTON – The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center and the Old Bakery Beer Co. are co-hosting an evening with The Mississippi Valley Traveler, Dean Klinkenberg, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the microbrewery at 400 Landmarks Blvd.

Klinkenberg, of St. Louis, will present “The Mississippi River in Song: A Musical History Tour.” This event is free to the public.

Klinkenberg is on a mission to explore the rich history and diverse cultures of the Mississippi River Valley, from the headwaters in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. He started chasing this idea in January 2007 by spending a couple of days in the Quad Cities. He’s since driven more than 125,000 miles on the Great River Road.

“I’m always looking for ways to tell the stories of the Mississippi River, and there are many,” Klinkenberg said. “Some stories are in the three travel guides I wrote for parts of the Upper Mississippi. Other stories will appear in Frank Dodge series of mysteries.”

Klinkenberg’s fourth book, a mystery called “Rock Island Lines,” was released in November 2014.

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