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Mississippi River Revival

CCP staff and Audubon Ark crew

Larry Long founded the Mississippi River Revival, a campaign to clean-up the Mississippi River. With his voice and guitar Larry organized communities from the head waters at Lake Itasca to Dubuque, Iowa. Through this period Larry produced over twenty river festivals, hauled hundreds of tons of trash out of the river with community volunteers along the upper Mississippi River, worked with Governor Perpich to create the clean rivers movement in Minnesota, and traveled the length of the Mississippi River with Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theater.

Audubon Ark 2000

In the month of October 2000, communities in 20 towns along 483 miles of the Mississippi River honored, celebrated and taught about the river, its habitat and its communities.

During the 28 day journey, Larry Long wrote 48 verses with children to his song I love the Mississippi River; we sang and danced with local musicians & children across cultures from Latin American dancers to gospel choirs and and polka bands; we organized the creation of a river quilt; children drew colorful pictures of the river and river life; students honored Elders; and we used learning stations to educate students.

Community Celebration of Place organized these local communities for the National Audubon Society's Upper Mississippi River Campaign. Based on the Elders' Wisdom, Children's Song model, CCP Assistant Director Ellen Weiss coached teachers, conservationists, and business leaders through an organizing process that brings people together across cultures and ages by using local art, song, honoring Elders and gathering oral histories.

The celebrations were held for the Audubon Ark, a stern wheeler that traveled from Cairo, Illinois to the Quad Cities and stopped in every town along the way.

Save Our History!

Give to the Max Day 2015: Give to the Max Day 2015


My heartfelt thanks to Larry Long and all the voices from which our history continues to generate encouragement, enthusiasm and wisdom.

Arlo Guthrie, Songwriter, Son of Woody Guthrie

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News & Events

During 2016, it is a primary program of Community Celebration of Place to transfer their collection into archives that will be open to the public for generations to come.

Popular "Prairie Home Companion" Guitarist and Songwriter Pat Donohue and Gospel Singer Tonia Hughes Join Larry Long and Robert Robinson at The Dakota For Two Shows November 20

In celebration of Give to the Max Day 2015, Larry Long will be performing songs written in honor of elders with community members. Larry’s performance will capture the many cultures of Minnesota. All proceeds from his performance will go to Community Celebration of Place.