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Boone County and the River

Presentation by local historian Matt Fetterly.

Join local historian Matt Fetterly as he takes us on a journey through the past exploring the relationship between humans and the Missouri River in Boone County.

Time and Place

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
7:00 pm

Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
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Presentation by local historian Matt Fetterly

Tuesday, February 13th at 7PM

The Bistro Restaurant is closed on Tuesdays, but the bar will be open. You ARE welcome to come early, bring some food and gather with friends before the presentation. Speaker Series attendees are welcome after 6:00 p.m.

Hosted by Missouri River Relief

Join local historian Matt Fetterly as he takes us on a journey through the past to get a bird’s eye view of local history, exploring the relationship between humans and the Missouri River from prehistory to the present time. Matt will discuss natural history as a foundation to understand local prehistoric indigenous peoples, before moving on to historic interactions between indigenous people with newcomers of European and African decent, and concluding with the settlement of towns such as Stonesport, now long lost to the waters of the Big Muddy.

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Matt was born in Columbia, Missouri and is an 8th generation Boone Countian. He is an alumnus of Hickman High School and the University of Missouri. A lifelong love of Columbia inspired him to preserve a growing collection of over 170 books about Columbia and Boone County. Matt specializes in Columbia, Boone County, and Missouri history: particularly natural history, black history, indigenous history, LGBT history, and cultural history more generally (especially architecture, music, art, theater, and cemeteries). When not playing music or writing about local history, he enjoys hiking, caving, camping, and floating, in the forest and prairies of Mid-Missouri.



  • 14020 W. Hwy BB, Rocheport, MO
  • Take I-70 to the Rocheport, MO, exit (Exit #115). It’s the first exit east of the Missouri River.
  • Head north toward Rocheport.
  • After about a mile, turn left at the sign for Les Bourgeois Bistro. Follow the signs to the Bistro. You will probably need to park in the lot above the Bistro and walk the trail down.
  • The presentations are held in upstairs in the restaurant. The restaurant is no longer open on Tuesdays but the bar is! You are welcome to bring your own food or snacks.

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Special thanks to Les Bourgeois Vineyards for giving us the opportunity to use their beautiful space overlooking the Missouri River. All speakers are presenting for free! Thank you all for sharing your knowledge with us!

The Big Muddy Speaker Series also takes place in St. Charles.

The views and opinions expressed by our presenters do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of Missouri River Relief, the Big Muddy Speaker Series or any of the partners that support this public forum. The Big Muddy Speaker Series believes that hearing diverse perspectives is a crucial building block for an informed public.