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    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, 12:01 AM. Reason: wrong date for Belle of Louisville Cruise - correct date is Sept. 24!

    MORE to come on the Howard Museum Weekend

    This is our preliminary press release, which was sent out on Friday. There will be more activities and things to see, including our new pilothouse replica and a display in the carriage house of mounted photographs (16 x 20 enlargements) selected from the Howard negatives and other river collections at the University of Louisville.

    Most of all, this weekend will be a grand time for steamboat buffs and buffettes to get together for fun and fellowship -- especially aboard the BELLE on the Saturday evening dinner cruise -- as well as being a great time to celebrate 200 years of steamboat history! And, as has been said numerous times of late -- ride the BELLE all you can while you can!

    Please join us for this special occasion! Visit the museum website for more details by clicking on Howard Steamboat Museum - Home Page.

    "Curator Keith"


      Round 3 at the Howard!

      First the Chautauqua in May, then River Ramblings in July, and now this weekend in September. There is a typo: the BELLE trip is on Saturday night, which is the 24th, the same date as the talks. I understand we'll have the option to buy the dinner or to just ride, on what ought to be a nice evening trip. As I'll be staying at the usual place, I suspect a post-gathering may erupt on Friday and/or Saturday evenings there. The Friday night reception isn't just for donors, but for anyone who wants to see Keith's new playhouse, as some have referred to the new collections facility... seems as if Kenny and Jim will be out there a lot as well. Looks like another grand time at the Howard and on the BELLE, Sept. 23 and 24.


        How do you go about making a reservation for the dinner cruise? I was looking at the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE website and it only shows the SOJ having a dinner cruise.



          Kevin: The Howard Steamboat Museum has chartered the BELLE for this cruise, so reservations must be made through the museum. Details will be available later this week on our website at Howard Steamboat Museum - Home Page and I will also post them on this forum. Thanks for your interest - and patience! If you have further questions, call Yvonne or me at 812.283.3728 or toll free at 888.472.0606

          "Curator Keith"