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Old 06-29-2011, 07:08 PM
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Default "By the River's Edge" Steamboating Exhibit to Open on Friday

In celebration of the Steamboat Bicentennial Year, an exhibition entitled By the River's Edge will open on Friday, July 1st in New Albany. Founded in 1813, New Albany was home to several boatbuilding firms, boiler works and numerous other industries related to the river. Many famous steamboats were built here, including the ECLIPSE (1852) and the ROBT. E. LEE (1866) famous for its race with the NATCHEZ in 1870 from New Orleans to St. Louis. The exhibit will include various and rarely seen artifacts lent by private collectors as well as area museums. The traveling display, Steamboat A Comin', from the Rivers Institute of Hanover College, and which features 19 panels of photographs and historical information, will also be included.

By the River's Edge opens with a reception on Friday evening from 6-8 PM. The public is invited and there will be wine and other refreshments. The exhibition will be open on Friday and Saturday from 11 AM until 4 PM and on Sundays from 1 until 4 PM. On Saturday, July 9th, during New Albany's CITY WIDE CELEBRATION of art, history and music, the exhibit will be open from 11 AM until 9 PM. The exhibition will close on July 31st. Admission is free.

It has been a pleasure to co-curate this exhibition in my hometown. Today it was great fun to walk down the street holding a large silver pitcher from the Str. ROBT. E. LEE, and an elaborately woven bell cord pull! Also brought in was a beautiful marble top table from the Str. BALTIC.

The display will be on the "second deck" of the historic United Gas and Electric building at 138 East Spring Street in downtown New Albany. On July 26th, the guest speaker for the Floyd County Historical Society meeting will be riverlorian Travis Vasconcelos, who will regale the audience with the story of the race of the LEE and NATCHEZ. The program, held at the exhibition site, is at 7 PM and the public is invited. A wine and cheese reception will follow the presentation. Please join us!
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