2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Program to focus on unforgettable road trip along Mighty Mo.

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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present “Rollin’ Down the River” with Branson, Mo., educator and author Larry Campbell at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

In his richly illustrated program, Campbell will trace his 2016, seven-week road trip along the Missouri River where he encountered breathtaking scenery, local and regional culture, and unforgettable Lewis & Clark history.

 “You can’t go 10 feet along the river without running into Lewis & Clark. It was fascinating to stand in places where they stood,” says the retired Missouri State University, Springfield, math professor.

Campbell will take the audience along as he revisits some of the large and small river cities, “fantastic” hosts and colorful personalities he encountered on the “trip of a lifetime along what is arguably the most unique river in the world.”

The author’s adventure along the river’s 2,341-mile path, from Three Forks, Mont., to the St. Louis, Mo., area, was inspired by author Gayle Harper’s book about a trip down the Mississippi River. “I thought ‘Wouldn’t that be fun to do on the Missouri?’ The thought simply would not go away. Within a few months, I knew I had to pursue this dream.”

Campbell has documented his journey in stories and photographs in “Rollin’ Down the River: Discovering People and Places Along the Mighty Missouri (Acclaim Press, 2017).

Campbell runs AfterMath Enterprises, LLC, an umbrella organization for various activities, including educational programs and photography. He writes a bi-weekly educational column for the Springfield News-Leader, Springfield, Mo. His first book of collected columns, “Spitballs from the Back Row,” will be released in December. Campbell and his wife, Pat, have two grown children, Christi and Adam.