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Old 08-07-2011, 08:13 AM
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Default Kentuckiana's Steamboat Bicentennial Celebration

I case you've not heard about this great event at the Howard Steamboat Museum end of September, yet:



SEPT. 23, 24, & 25, 2011

200 years ago, between Oct. 1811 & Jan. 1812, pioneers & Native Americans along the Ohio & Mississippi River banks were astonished by the frightening and mysterious, but always exciting appearance of the NEW ORLEANS, the first steam-powered vessel to journey from Pittsburg to New Orleans. The Howard Steamboat Museum will commemorate this nation changing event which “…open[ed] the door to the economic development of the country, moving people and cargo on every navigable waterway from the Missouri River to the East Coast and from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico” (Engstrom) for the next 100+ years.

Join the Howard Steamboat Museum (HSM) September 23, 24, & 25 to:
• Celebrate! the 200th Anniversary of the NEW ORLEANS
• Celebrate! the birth of Henry Latrobe Roosevelt
• Celebrate! the “economic emancipation” of the West
• Celebrate! the successful HSM million dollar Capital Campaign and the opening of the Collections Management Facility

The weekend will begin with a Friday evening reception, Sept. 23, 7 pm – 9 pm at the HSM, 1101 E. Market St, Jeffersonville, Indiana:
• Donor Appreciation
• Dedication & Ribbon cutting for the new Collections Management Facility
• Meet & mingle with Steamboat historians

Saturday, Sept. 24 10am – 3pm presentations:
• Capt. Mike Fitzgerald – Steamboat Stories
• Travis Vasconcelos – Calliopes & Races
• Riverboat Music
• Jeffersonville Riverfront walk with Jeanne Burke
• Early 1800s Riverscape

Saturday Evening Sept. 24 Dinner Cruise on the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE
During the Cruise meet with:
• “Teddy Roosevelt” – his great uncle, Nicolas Roosevelt, was captain of the NEW ORLEANS – the first steam powered vessel to come down the Ohio River.
• “Laura Howard” – she, with husband Edmonds J. Howard, master steamboat builder, designed their 1890s ‘dream home’ – now the Howard Steamboat Museum.
• “Capt. Jim Howard” – last Howard to own the shipyard, it was his wish to turn the family home into a Museum for future generations to learn about the importance of steamboats in the growth of the U.S.
• Birthday party for Henry Latrobe Roosevelt – born in Louisville during the historic journey.

Cruise narration by riverlorians Kadie Engstrom and Travis Vasconcelos.

Sunday September 25, 2011-- 2PM
Louisville Waterfront Historic Riverwalk tour with Rick Bell, historian & author

Registration & reservations required for the Saturday programs & BELLE OF LOUISVILLE cruise. Contact: Howard Steamboat Museum 812-283-3728 or email

Last edited by Franz Neumeier; 08-08-2011 at 01:01 AM. Reason: wrong date for Belle of Louisville Cruise - correct date is Sept. 24!
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