Our previous installment of the MST, Day 3 Part I, did not include a date for the publication of Part II. As of yet, no definite date has been established; it is most likely to appear between the 2nd and 15th of August. As we noted on the outset of this journey, the RCD blog is often unable to publish weekly throughout the academic year.
I am devoted to academic integrity and a high level of detail/scholarship for our publications; this can require hours of work. Unfortunately, time is quite the luxury from August-June annually. We are most assuredly resilient in our resolution to maintain/reform the KHF Program nonetheless; do not expect the RCD blog to grow silent. Indeed, we are presently working to establish a joint HKI-RCD initiative called the River Cities Research Commission which will bring fresh, different opinions and voices to this blog.
Regarding the title... When I set out on the Multistate Trek, the intent had been to cover sites in Western Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri. Despite personal injury to my ankle, and being in the recovering stages of an unforeseen ailment, we pressed on gleefully. We accomplished a majority of the goals set forth in Kentucky and Illinois. The issue: we were unable to travel as planned to St. Louis, Missouri due to a serious health concern. In the words of Shenandoah (AKA Across the Wide Missouri) Oh, Shenandoah, I'll not deceive you...away, we weren't bound away, 'cross the wide Missouri. Hence our Multistate Trek morphed into a Bistate Trek (though we are refrained to change the name in order to avoid confusion.)
Fret not, as we have weeks worth of installments solely from our Illinois exploits. As a compromise, we have chosen to select photos from our journey to Appomattox and Richmond, Virginia in April 2015 for the sesquicentennial of the Fall of Richmond. These will constitute our final installment (Day 5.) Perhaps it is rather appropriate, given that (as our earlier KHF article On the Curious Origins of Oh, Shenandoah explained,) it is uncertain as to whether the song refers to the Shenandoah Valley/River (in VA) or the native American chief Shenandoah.
As of now, please remain patient. Updates will be furnished in the near future.
PS - I have never been so proud to be a PMC of River Cities as Sunday, the 26th of July. On this date, all of the members, friends, and families in attendance at the RCD installation signed KHF's letter to Gov. Rauner, urging him to reconsider his ISM closure proposal.
- Austin R. Justice, History of Kentucky Group.
Across the Wide Missouri as heard in Ken Burns' The West.
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Austin R. Justice
PMC of River Cities Chapter and Lincoln Forum & Colloquium Student Scholar.
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