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Summer 2019 Newsletter


The spring rains have brought us a beautiful and lush campus for the summer season.  Everything on the campus is a bright green with beautiful hues of color given to us by our annual flowering plants.  Many people have taken advantage of the beauty by visiting the museum or participating in events at the Carriage House.  The campus has been quite busy this year and we are glad to have so many people interacting with us!


You may notice some changes on the campus as we have moved our replica pilothouse to the entrance of the campus.  There is also a new picket fence with new openings onto the patio of the Carriage House.  Even the historic jail cell has moved onto the patio of the Carriage House. It has become a very popular photo opportunity for our guests!  As we grow we are finding better ways to utilize our campus for our guests. We hope you enjoy the changes as much as we enjoy sharing them with you.  


In this edition of our newsletter you will find information on coming events at the museum that are going to be a lot of fun for our fans and community alike.  Don’t forget, you don’t need a special event to come see us.  We have the doors open to guests year-round, Tuesday through Sunday.


Here’s the teaser of the season.  We are hoping to be opening a portion of the 3rd floor later this year.  New exhibits are under construction to focus on female life in the Victorian era in Aunt Nannie’s third floor room.  Also, we are reimagining the former LST exhibit in the Maids Room.  The center hall will have multiple focuses, including the 1971 fire and the 1929 Canalization of the Ohio River parade.  Expect a special edition of our newsletter when we have the dates pinned down!


This is proof, there is always something happening at the Howard!  Plan to come visit us soon!


Welcome home to the Howards!


Third Annual Howard Steamboat Museum Car Show Fundraiser


On 14, September 2018 we are planning our Third Annual Howard Steamboat Museum Car Show Fund Raiser.  The first two events were such a huge success (over 80 unique cars!); we are excited to be planning another one for the public to enjoy! 


Once again, Clark Memorial Hospital has graciously stepped up as a sponsor of the show.  If your organization is interested in being a sponsor, donating items for our raffle, or participating with us in this very fun community fund raiser, please contact us and let us know at (812) 283.3728 or email


Do you have a car you’d like to show at the show?  We will have plaques 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 8 classes.  The classes are Modern American, Classic American, British, Other European, Asian, Street Rods, Muscle Cars, and Other.  The cost of registration is $15.00 if you preregister (no later than 4:00pm 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) 283.3728 or email

Admission is free to the public.  The museum will be open during the event (operating at reduced admission rate of $5.00 per person).  We will have a great selection of cars for your perusal.  We will have a food booth with mouthwatering hamburgers and hotdogs, not to mention the fixins and all those great soft drinks!


If you want to see a particular car win a plaque, buy a vote and help them win!  It’s all for a good cause.  At the end of the day will have a 50/50 drawing and our raffle drawings.


The Carriage House will be open as a respite for your dining pleasure.  We are going to allow select vendors to use this climate-controlled space at an additional fee as well. 


The event will be on 14, September 2018 from 10:00am until 3:00pm on the historic Howard Steamboat Museum Campus.  If we have a weather event on the 14th, the event will be rescheduled on the 15th 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 and steamboatin’ gem!



New Event Parking Lot

To the west of the museum campus (on the site of one of the former Howard family homes) is the location of our new Event Parking Lot.  It was recently owned by Jeffboat and used as executive parking space.  Through an agreement with American Commercial Barge Line (the owner of the property) we are the proud owners of this great facility for the Museum and Carriage House use. 

Feel free to use it the next time you visit.  One of the most exciting things about the location of the parking lot is the amazing view of the Mansion.  The west side of the mansion is breath-taking and this angle of it creates a dramatic vista you will long remember. 


Professor Carl E. Kramer, “The American Barge Line Goes to War”

This lecture will be part of the “AFLOAT: An Ohio River Way of Life” series of events happening community-wide in 2019.

AFLOAT: An Ohio River Way of Life encompasses a number of themes that will be highlighted in the various exhibitions, programs and venues that are joining together in this collaborative cultural effort.  Some of these themes include the Ohio River, its history, inspiration of contemporary artists and ecological importance; Shanty Boats and their impact on area social and cultural. life; the iconic Kentucky artist, Harlan Hubbard and his continuing impact on the art of our region; and the general historical, ecological and environmental significance of the River and its ways of life.

On the 11th of October, in the Carriage House of the Howard Steamboat Museum, Professor Carl E. Kramer will lecture on the role of American Barge Line, and its subsidiary, Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Company, in shipping war material and building vessels for defense purposes.  Focused on the Louisville region, and especially southern Indiana, the presentation will set out this area’s role in World War II, including Jeffboat’s construction of towboats, LSTs, oilers, and other vessels.

Professor Kramer will cover a diverse set of topics including wartime employment, expansion of the shipyard, the roles of female workers, and such issues as the ‘Catfish Navy’, which transported completed vessels down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico.  The story will feature individuals whose careers at ABL/Jeffboat covered the wartime and continued for decades thereafter.

This event will be held in the Carriage House of the Howard Steamboat Museum at 7:00pm on the 11th of October 2019.  This event is free to the public, donations graciously accepted.

For more information on AFLOAT go to


Carriage House Rentals


Our Carriage House is up and running.  Our manager, Mrs. Bonnie Poore is booking the beautiful venue almost constantly.  She is available via phone at (812) 913-4591 or email at 


If you have a family event coming up, a wedding, corporate party, or maybe a holiday party…think about using the Carriage House as your location.  Bonnie is well versed in what it takes to make your event perfect.  From the finest caterers, to breath-taking decorations, and enthralling entertainment, she knows the best vendors and can help you create a spectacular event that will be the talk of the town! 


Our interior space comprises of two unique venues, a reception hall and the spacious Bales Hall.  We feature a state-of-the-art audio/visual system, historic finishes and appointments, and space you have to see to believe.  Then there is our warming kitchen that is ready for your professional caterer to provide you with the finest culinary delights.  We have a bar that serves both in and out of doors for your caterer to utilize as well. You can bring the outside in when the weather turns on our 3-season heated veranda with Kevlar drapes.  Don’t miss our outdoor, lighted pavilion patio that features a rather unique photo opportunity, the former jail cell of the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE. 


It’s the versatility of the space that makes the place and we have the perfect versatile space for your event!  Call Bonnie now at (812) 913-4591 to set up an appointment to see what a wonderful event you can plan for your guests!  One thing is for sure, it’s sure to be the talk of the town!




River Ramblings


This year’s River Ramblings will be on Saturday the 12th of October 2019 in the newly renovated Carriage House Event Center on the Museum campus.  The event will begin promptly at 3:00pm and admission is $5.00 per person. 


Our special guest Capt. Matthew P. Dow will deliver a talk about the trials and tribulations of taking the defunct 1991-built Rock Island, IL based riverboat casino, the CASINO ROCK ISLAND and converting her into the new dinner boat sensation of New Orleans, the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS.  This will prove to be a very interesting talk dealing with subject matter from construction, repurposing a vessel, designing a vessel, all the way to operation of the vessel.  Capt. Dow is an engaging speaker with a great story to tell; this should be an afternoon to remember! 



Volunteers needed


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 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 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. 


It is a lot of fun and you sure meet some interesting people along the way. 


Contact us at  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©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. Occasional grants from a variety of entities are used to fund special projects.


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 and Blue)
  • 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 bags (A-Type)
  • 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



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