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River of Innovation


River of Innovation

Paddlewheels spin.
Pistons fire.
Belts and gears engage.

The story of innovation along the Mississippi River is one of dynamic motion. The river has long been a force of change in America-shaping our land, our culture, and our people. It has swept up generations of makers in its current; inspiring them to invent, create, and innovate.

River of innovation tells the story of how these women and men, from different times and places, weren't content to stand still. With the Mighty Mississippi flowing ever forward nearby, they were compelled to improve their world even as they left the past behind. 

River of Innovation also invites visitors to join this current; to learn new skills, chart new courses, and find the inspiration to keep moving forward.

To support our efforts, donate to the project today! 




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