Dear Ted & gang:
You bet the gang at the Howard Museum work long and hard keeping the mansion and collection in tip top condition. It's a labor of love. They've many great plans at the Howard for the renovation of the enclosed back porch gallery. The museum gift shop is one of the best with books and other fine items to benefit the work there. For those looking to find that 'right' steamboat book, or related publication, it's there.

We talked in the past about the history of the Howard family and mansion. I encourage those interesed to seek a copy of SCENES FROM MEMORY - A Happy Childhood, 1900-1910, by the late Frances Howard Kohlhepp. Incredible insights from her memory and experience living in the mansion. Running of the household, activities at the old yards across the street, the neighborhood, cooking/serving of food, workers, visitors and trips across to Louisville. A real exercise in 'prosetry' if there's such a word. The Howards lived well--very well. Yet, from what Keith, Alan, the late T.J. Smith and others have discussed there was a 'family thing' about it all. Laborers were thought of highly and in times of need there was a helping hand. More than can be said of other 'Gilded Age' enterprises of the era. When you view the wonderful interior work of the mansion you're seeing what a fine 'brag' boat looked like of the era in the wood carvings, panels, furnishings etc.

R. Dale Flick