This summer I was fortunate to attend a Pier family reunion. We had 60 of us across four generations. I saw a family tree dating back twelve generations to Amsterdam. I realized I wasn’t the first Pier to live in New York City.
My family grew up in rural South Dakota, twenty miles north of the Missouri River. I learned that this summer reading Audacious Courage that the Missouri River is the 8th longest river in the world.
Audacious Courage is a 480 page history of Lewis and Clark’s 30 month journey from St. Louis to the Pacific and back. There are 20 pages of footnotes and bibliography from author Stephen Ambrose. It takes intellectual rigor to capture the impact of a movement.