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    River Ramblings - Howard Steamboat Museum

    The cally-ope is calling you! Yes, steamboat buffs and buffettes, it's that time once again! Program #7 in my RIVER RAMBLINGS educational lecture series will take place at the Howard Steamboat Museum on SATURDAY, JULY 16th at 3:00 PM (EDT). These programs are always scheduled for late afternoon, as it enables steamboat fanatics to ride the Str. BELLE OF LOUISVILLE on her afternoon public cruise (12-2 PM) and have plenty of time to drive over to the museum. For information on the BELLE schedule, visit Steamboat Belle of Louisville - Excursions, Dance Cruises, Dinner Cruises, Charters, Weddings on the Ohio River.

    This is the Steamboat Bicentennial Year, when we are celebrating 200 years of steamboating! Our speaker this year is Mr. Chuck Parrish, retired historian for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District. Chuck's presentation is entitled, "Mr. Roosevelt's Riverboat Remembered - The 1811 Voyage of the New Orleans". Chuck, well known in river affairs, is also chairman of the Steamboat Bicentennial Committee of the Rivers Institute at Hanover College, as well as being a member of the board of directors of the Howard Museum.

    For those who haven't been with us previously, the museum is located at 1101 East Market Street in Jeffersonville, Indiana, opposite Jeffboat. The program will take place, as usual, in the museum's 1880's carriage house, which is NOT air conditioned save by God's free air and fans! So, do dress comfortably! Cold lemonade, ice water and Judy's "Steamboat Chocolate Chip" cookies will be served. Following the program, some gather in groups at the waterfront restaurants (Kingfish, Rocky's, Buckheads, etc.) for libations, food and fellowship well into the evening.

    The traveling steamboat exhibit sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society will be set up in the carriage house. Also, we will have another "Riverboat Rummage Sale", featuring gently used steamboat t-shirts, books, trinkets and memorabilia. All proceeds benefit the museum operating fund.

    Another added attraction this year will be a unique exhibition of steamboat artifacts in neighboring New Albany, an easy, short drive of 20 minutes or less from Jeffersonville. The exhibit is entitled "BY THE RIVER'S EDGE" and will include many seldom seen river relics from private collections. The display, which runs from July 1-31, will be on the "second deck" of the historic Indiana Gas and Electric building at 138 East Spring Street in downtown New Albany. Admission is free and hours are Friday and Saturday 11 AM - 4 PM and Sunday 1-4 PM. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 1st from 6-8 PM.

    Admission to RIVER RAMBLINGS is $5 per person. Visit the museum website at Howard Steamboat Museum - Home Page for driving directions and other information. Watch for upcoming details of our Steamboat Bicentennial Celebration on September 23-24-25!

    As always, ALL are welcome and I thank you very much for your support of the museum and its programs. Looking forward to seeing y'all soon!

    "Curator Keith"

    Rummage and reconvening

    In cleaning this place for the Midwest Buffs open house, I came across a 'few' more items in need of a new home, which will be at the rummage sale. Also a reminder that after dinner at Kingfish on Saturday, the group retires to my suite at the Towne Place for further steamboating stories. Maybe by River Ramblings time the Curator's new palace will be finished and ready for inspection?????


      Collections Management Facility

      While a "sneak peek" of the new Collections Management Facility for the Howard Steamboat Museum will be possible, the new climate controlled buildling, when completed later this summer, will NOT be part of regular museum tours or open to the general public. It is primarily to securely house MANY artifacts, including large items like the bells from the ferry FROMAN M. COOTS and the Howard Shipyard, etc. Much of the newly installed geothermal HVAC system is concealed in closets throughout the mansion, as well as the attic and basement, so we now need storage space more than ever!

      The new building will also contain an office and space for exhibit creation, etc. We are currently looking at various kinds of shelving, cabinets, etc. My sidekicks, Kenny and Jimmy, and I are planning a field trip to area museums next week to have a look see at their storage facilities. I've been poring over catalogs from archival supply companies. LOTS to think about!