Premiere Broadcast of Nine Special: Rivertowns Wednesday, September 26, 7 pm on Nine PBS

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St. Louis, MO — September 21, 2018 Rivertowns: 100 Miles, 200 Years, Countless Stories taps into the social, natural and cultural changes in Missouri River communities over more than two centuries. The film, inspired by the book, Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri, tells the compelling story of how the Missouri River Valley has influenced the country and the world.

From the contributions of German immigrants in the Civil War to the fledgling wine industry and the long-lasting implications of the area’s industrial efforts during World War II, this one-hour Nine Network special looks at the historical significance of this special region.

Actress and comedian Ellie Kemper introduces the film by welcoming viewers to her hometown, which was filmed near the Gateway Arch. Kemper comments on the many “a-ha!” moments in the book that even locals might not know.

Rivertowns is beautifully filmed and includes spectacular drone footage and original illustrations from the book by Missouri-based painter, Bryan Haynes.

Interviews can be arranged with the director, Kara Vaninger, the book’s author, Dan Burkhardt, and the spokespeople in the film, whose organizations work tirelessly to preserve the history and natural beauty of the Missouri River Valley.

Watch the 30-second trailer. After the premiere broadcast, Rivertowns can be streamed on the PBS app and at

Rivertowns is sponsored by Katy Land Trust, Trudy B. Valentine Family, William T. Kemper Foundation, Carlota (Lotsie) Clark Hermann Holton (7th Generation Captain William Clark), the Missouri Humanities Council, and Edward Jones.

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