“No Longer Estranged – A History of Urban Rivers”

Published: March 13, 2013

Original Presentation by Amahia Mallea, Asst. Professor of History, Drake University

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

528 Walnut St. – Kansas City, MO (in the River Market)


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 used KC as a template for talking about the renaissance urban areas are having with their rivers.

We we’re lucky Prof. Mallea joined 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.

Resources and Links

The Big Muddy Speakers Series in Kansas City

is hosted by Friends of Lakeside Nature Center, Little Blue River Watershed Coalition, Missouri River Relief Friends of Big Muddy and Healthy Rivers Partnership with the following list of partners. All speakers are presenting for free. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us!

Click here for a list of upcoming presentations»

The Big Muddy Speaker Series is also held in Rocheport and St. Charles.

Another Chance to catch Amahia’s presentation

If you are unable to catch Prof. Mallea’s presentation on Wednesday, she will be giving the same talk the night before, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 Gregory in Kansas City.

Series Partners

Hickok’s Grill
Friends of Lakeside Nature Center

Little Blue River Watershed Coalition
Missouri River Relief
Friends of Big Muddy
Healthy Rivers Partnership
Columbia Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office (USFWS)
Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge

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