Life is GOOD Along the River!
It's a beautiful and sunny Friday here in Jeffersonville. As I was working at my desk in the collections building, the beautiful sound of a steamboat whistle suddenly punctuated the cool morning air. The BELLE was chugging up the Ohio and blew a salute as she passed the museum. Ohhhhh, that glorious sound!
As always, we've had an exciting week here at the museum and I've just had contact by a descendant of Capt. Joseph LaBarge, of Missouri River fame. Also had a call from a gentleman seeking the blueprints for the hull of the Str. MISSISSIPPI, which became the late, great BECKY THATCHER. He is charged with raising the graceful 1926 Howard built hull at Pittsburgh and needed information. I hinted that we'd love to have her capstan for the museum grounds!
Visitors this morning include a nice couple from Sacramento who knew all about the DELTA KING and have been aboard.
Volunteers are busy today with details for our annual spring "Chautauqua", arts and crafts festival, this year on May 19-20.
Plans are moving along for the MQ bell installation and "christening" of our new pilothouse. Dedication is scheduled for Saturday, June 9th, replete with river music provided by Capt. Bill and Becky Ray!
Stay tuned for more "Happenings at the Howard" in upcoming days and weeks!