The Mississippi is the river that made America. It was a corridor of culture, civilization and commerce for more than a thousand years. Indeed, the Mississippi looms so large that on May 23, 2022 the United States Postal Service honored it with a ten-part stamp series.
The Mississippi looms large in the American imagination and even larger in the factual history of our nation. The longest stretch of the river borders the state of Illinois and it is impossible to understand the development of Illinois without reference to the river. The Mississippi River played a preeminent role in Illinois, in the river towns along its course and in inland communities.
The Mythic Mississippi is intended to be a major public outreach and engagement project of UIUC and UIS that will positively impact downstate Illinois communities through deployment of their cultural heritage resources for economic and social development by means of creating multiple regional-level heritage tourism trails that will link local towns. Our fundamental premise is this [TM] slogan:
Researchers will work collaboratively with local governments, businesses, schools and community partners in the towns chosen by the project. In addition to material on this website, various traveling and digital exhibitions about the project will be created in collaboration with local partners. The project will sponsor guest lectures and culminate with a national symposium that discusses the use of cultural heritage for community development. A Scalar web platform will curate the main data of the project.
This project is led by CHAMP/Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy at UIUC in partnership with the Public History Program at UIS and in collaboration with the local communities. The pages on this website present the many components of this project as it evolves. The website is frequently updated.
Land Acknowledgment Statement. This project takes place in downstate Illinois and therefore on land that was once occupied by Native Peoples who were forcibly removed from their homelands. We recall and honor the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Peankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Chickasaw Nations.
USING THIS WEBSITE: Please note that various web pages cross-list with others, as is the intent of the project’s concept of layering.
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Note: All images on this website were either taken by the project personnel or are in the public domain or are used with permission. The project brand phrase “Mythic Mississippi” is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License ©© by this project (“The Mythic Mississippi Project”) and copyrighted ©. Any use of the “Mythic Mississippi” phrase must attribute it to the Project.