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Summer 2018 Howard Steamboat Museum Newsletter

Lots of exciting news at the little museum that can and does!

The children are getting out of school, the temperatures are warming up, hot dogs are on the grill and watermelon is ripening; it’s summer time along the Ohio River Valley. Here at the Howard Steamboat Museum we are very excited as we have now opened the Carriage House Event Center and are enjoying entertaining new guests in a whole new way. 

 On the 18th of May we celebrated our 60th Anniversary. It’s hard to believe that we are 60 years in to sharing this wonderful history with the public.  We look back at some of our achievements and are amazed at what we have accomplished.  The little museum that can and does sure has made some great strides in the last 60 years!

We wonder what the Howard’s would think of what we have done with their legacy. Could they imagine that we would have preserved the home as pristinely as we have? Would they be proud of our displays of their steamboat building heritage?  We are sure that they would be very happy to see guests enjoying their home, just as they did in the time they were here.  They would be proud their history is so important to the public today. 

To keep their legacy going we have a lot of things coming up this year. Please read through our newsletter and learn about our plans for the coming Yard Sale, Car Show, and our annual River Ramblings talk.  Make plans to join us for these events and while you are out and about this summer, bring your guests by to share in this wonderful history. 

Welcome home to the Howards!


 Yard Sale at the Howard Steamboat Museum June 9th


On the Saturday the 9th of June 2018 from 8:00am until 12:00pm the Howard Steamboat Museum will be hosting a unique yard sale on the grounds of the Collection Management Facility.

We will have rare books, collectibles, souvenir items, one-of-a-kind, and unique eccentricities!

If you have things you would like to get rid of please join us, bring your own table, and set up in the park with us. There is no charge to join in.  Feel free to donate your proceeds to the museum

Of course, you may wish to be very careful at this sale. There will be a lot of things that you just can’t find anywhere else and we are sure you will end up taking some priceless collectibles home with you!

Yard Sale will be held in front of the Howard Steamboat Museum Collections Management Facility on the north side of High Street behind the museum. We look forward to seeing you there!


This is a “don’t miss” event for collectors, fans, and friends of the museum!



Now Open! The Carriage House Event Center at the Howard Steamboat Museum


If you have been waiting to hear that the Historic 1880’s Carriage House Event Center at the Howard Steamboat Museum is open for business, wait no more!

We have opened our new rental facility to the public and have been very impressed with the reception we are getting from the public.  Rock Paper Hammer (our contractor) created a facility that was far superior to anything in our wildest dreams.  The craftsmanship and attention to detail their craftspeople utilized in the renovation of this storied facility is nothing short of amazing.  You truly have to see it to believe it!

Let us share some of the details about this spectacular facility so you can understand just how wonderful it is!

We can easily accommodate 100 people in Bales Hall (the main reception room). Bales Hall is a breathtaking room with 40’-foot vaulted ceilings, white washed wall panels and features sliding doors (manufactured from reclaimed lumber in the renovation process) to separate off the Reception Lobby if necessary.  It has doors that open out to the Veranda to the south and the patio to the north. Our immaculate restrooms are mere steps away from any table in Bales Hall. We offer flexible seating and table arrangements to cater to your every need.

The Reception Lobby is a more intimate space, complete with a unique under staircase nook and a functional fireplace! This warm and inviting room features natural wood walls, a generous cloak room, and access to both the patio and veranda.

Should wedding bells be your reason to call, the Bride will have accommodation second to none with our custom designed dressing room on the second floor. This special space comes with its own dedicated dressing room and private shuttered accommodation to “peek in” on her guests without being seen.  Even private restroom facilities are included for the ultimate respite before her special day begins

The Catering Kitchen is beautifully set up to accommodate the needs of your chosen Caterer. Every modern convenience is in place to make their job easier in accommodating the requirements of your guests. We have a warming oven, refrigeration, many stainless steel work surfaces, a three-position sink, and a stove to make sure everything is just perfect.  Even an ice maker is placed in the kitchen for your Caterers needs.

Then there is our bar, designed to serve your guests both in Bales Hall and on the veranda outside at the same time. This is a spacious area designed specifically to provide easy service to your guests and your bartenders alike. The main serving bar top in Bales Hall is a model of a Howard-built ferry Boat hull from the 1880’s.  Just like ones the craftsmen in the yard used for years to perfect the measurements of the hulls of their vessel.  The atmosphere it creates is simply intoxicating. You can just imagine what the hard working craftspeople of the Howard Shipyard were thinking as they built those great floating palaces while you enjoy your beverage in this special space!

Because the Carriage House is located on the campus of the museum, you can add yard tents outside and expand accommodation to many more guests than the building can hold. So don’t let that figure hold you up from looking at our truly unique facility!

Your guests will talk about the event you are planning for years after they have enjoyed the comfort and gentility of the Carriage House. Please come visit us soon and let us show you this amazing state-of-the-art facility.

To plan your perfectly organized event, please call Bonnie at (812) 913-4591.


Our Admission Prices have changed


As of the 1st of June 2018, the Admission price at the Howard Steamboat Museum will be going up.  To be competitive in the market place and to raise funds for our operation, we found it necessary to do this.

Our new rates are…

Adults: $10.00

Children (6 – College) and Students: $5.00

Senior Citizens, AARP, AAA, and Military: $8.00

The good news is, for the time being, membership is the same as always and members get in the museum free for a full year!



Group Tours


Do you have a group that is looking for a new venue to explore this summer?

The Howard Steamboat Museum is conveniently located in Jeffersonville, IN, near many restaurants and attractions in the area. Imagine sharing the mansion and its storied history with your group and then dining in the local area.  What a wonderful way to show your group the history of the community and spend quality time with them!

We offer discounts for groups of 10 or more people, and can accommodate large groups (30-50 people) comfortably. We do require at least a two week advanced reservation to accommodate your group.

We can customize an experience to accommodate your needs with possibilities like, having a docent aboard your bus to prepare your guests for the experience, a video presentation to introduce them to the Howard family legacy, docents staged throughout the mansion to answer your guest’s questions with personal service. We are looking forward to sharing this great facility with your special group!

Call us at (812) 283.3728 and find out what wonderful opportunities we have to offer your group!



Second Annual Howard Steamboat Museum Car Show Fundraiser


On 15, September 2018 we are planning our Second Annual Howard Steamboat Museum Car Show Fund Raiser. The first event in 2017 was such a huge success; we are excited to be planning another one for the public to enjoy!

Once again, Clark Memorial Hospital has graciously stepped up as sponsor of the show. Soon we hope to announce vendors for the show.  If you are interested in renting a vendor booth for the show, we would love to hear from you at (812) 283.3728 or email

Do you have a car you’d like to exhibit at the show? We will have trophies for the winners of each class and you’ll have a lot of admirers enjoying all your hard work!  You can register your car in only one of 6 classes.  The classes are modern Domestic, Modern Euro Import, Modern Asian Import, Classic Domestic, Classic Import (both Euro and Asian) and Stance.

The cost of registration is $12.00 if you preregister (no later than 2:00pm on the 13th of September 2018) or $20.00 at the venue on the day of the show. To register your car, please contact us at (812) 2583.3728 or email

Admission is free to the public.  The museum will be open during the event operating at reduced admission rates.  We will have a great selection of cars for your perusal.  As a guest at the Car Show you are the judge!  Yes, you get to pick who goes home with the prizes!  We will have a 50/50 Drawing at the end of the day and raffle drawings throughout the day.

The event will be on 15, September 2018 from 10:00am until 4:00pm on the historic Howard Steamboat Museum Campus. If we have a weather event on the 15th, the event will be rescheduled on the 16th of September at the same times.

All proceeds from this event go towards the operations of the museum. Thank you for your generous support of this community gem!



River Ramblings “Women of the River”


Date: 14, October 2018

Location: The Howard Steamboat Museum historic Carriage House

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Admission: $5.00

Our 14th annual River Ramblings will be a special event.  Kadie Engstrom, Education Coordinator of the Str. BELLE OF LOUISVILLE will be presenting her talk “Women of the River” an interesting look at the pioneering women of inland rivers steamboating.  We are looking forward to this presentation from a well-known river historian in her own right!

We are going to bring back a very popular past feature of River Ramblings this year, the Riverboat Rummage Sale! The sale will include riverboat collectibles, steamboat souvenirs, books, art, and other unique eccentricities for the river history collector.  Lots of things you just can’t find anywhere else.  So bring money with you, because you are going to want to take a lot of these priceless items home


Calling All Volunteers!


We are looking for a few good people. Do you like to talk to people and meet people from all over the country?  Are you interested in sharing local history with visitors?

The Howard Steamboat Museum can use your talents!

We are seeking four people who can be volunteer docents for the museum, interpreting the house and collection for our visitors. We would like to have people who can work from 10:00am until 4:00pm at least one day a week.  We aren’t always busy and you will have the museum at your disposal to read, learn, and explore in your free time.

We will train you in what you need to know. Our belief is that we give you the tools and you make those facts blossom for our guests in your own way.  You will be expected to greet our guests as they arrive, assist them in a tour of the museum, handle sales of gift shop items, and balance your cash drawer at the end of the shift.  It is a lot of fun and you sure meet some interesting people along the way.

Contact us or call us at (812) 283.3728 and let us know just how interested you are! 



Museum Wish List

Donations and bequests are gratefully received. The Clark County Historical Society/Howard Steamboat Museum, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization. Therefore, your gift may be tax deductible. Kindly contact your tax consultant for details.

The museum receives no regular federal, state, county or city tax dollars.

The museum always has basic needs to function properly.  We are grateful for all the support we receive from the community and our guests.  However, there are a number of things we need for daily operation.  If you have these items or know of someone who may be willing to donate them to us, we would be very appreciative!

Office Supplies

  • Printer Cartridges (HP 902 M XL, HP 902 C XL, HP 902 Y XL, HP 902 K XL, and HP 61XL Black, HP 61XL Color)
  • Printer Paper
  • Ink Pens (Black)
  • Tape
  • Post-it-Notes
  • Stamps (Forever stamps, preferred)
  • #6 ¾” Envelopes
  • File Folders (standard Manilla and Hanging)Housekeeping and Household Supplies
  • Coffee (Reg. and Decaf)
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Window Cleaner
  • Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Paper Towels (regular)
  • Paper Towels (for electronic dispenser)
  • Cleaning Buckets
  • Cleaning Rags
  • Garbage Bags (Kitchen size and full size)
  • Toilet Tissue
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Napkins



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