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Spring 2018 Howard Steamboat Museum Newsletter

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

 Welcome Spring!

It’s about that time again! Soon the leaves will wake up, the color palate of our world will change, and all will come to life in a glorious and warm way.  The flood waters will recede and give way to that most special time of year in our part of the world.

This spring brings a lot of excitement at the Howard Steamboat Museum. We are watching the finishing touches being applied to the Carriage House Project, the new roof has been installed on the mansion, and preparations are being made for a yard sale (a new event for the museum and the local community).

Later this year we will also being having our Second Annual Car Show Fund Raiser at the museum.

Check out all the excitement in this newsletter and plan to join us for some of the fun. We have a great year ahead and there will be a lot of new things happening at the museum with the Carriage House project coming to fruition.

Welcome home to the Howards!

 Yard Sale at the Howard Steamboat MuseumOn 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.  Many duplicate books from the museum collection, gift shop items, and rare collectible trinkets will be available at substantially reduced pricing.  In addition, we have opened up an invitation to the neighborhood associations near the museum to let the public set up their own booths in the park around the building.  This will be a great multi-family event!   Imagine the unique collectibles and great deals you will be able to find at this one-of-a-kind event. Plan on coming early and bring a car or truck with a lot of space for all the wonderful items you will pick up! If you are interested in setting up a booth at the yard sale, please contact us at (812) 283.3728 or email to reserve your space now! There is no cost to have booth space at the yard sale.  Whatever you make, you keep! Of course, if you’d like to donate your proceeds to the museum, we would be very appreciative. The museum will be open during the event at reduced rates.  This is a free event open to the public.  All proceeds of this event go towards the operation of the museum.

Group Tours

Do you have a group that is looking for a new venue to explore? How about a church group which needs a fun outing?  Are you looking for an educational experience for your Sunday School class, Boy Scout troop, Girl Scout troop, after-school care group?  How about that senior group or club?

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 and provide adaquate staffing.  We are fortunate to have many bus tours annually visit the museum, we would love to share it with your group as well.

We can customize an experience to accommodate your needs with possibilities like, having a docent aboard your bus to prepare them for the experience, a video presentation to introduce the Howard family legacy, docents staged throughout the mansion to answer your group’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 show 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 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) 2583.3728 or email

Like the first show, 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.

New this year at the Car Show is the availability of the Carriage House. Yes, our new facility will be open for the public to inspect and use as a dining hall.  We are going to allow select vendors to use this climate controlled space at an additional fee as well.

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!




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 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 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(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. 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)
  • Tape
  • Post-it-Notes
  • Stamps (Forever stamps, preferred)
  • #6 ¾” Envelopes
  • File Folders (standard Manilla and Hanging)
  • Office365 for Business
  • Housekeeping and Hossehold 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



Howard Steamboat Museum

Carriage House Event Center


When completed (estimated: late spring of 2018) the Carriage House Event Center will be available to the public for rentals.  It features a large, climate controlled hall for your event along with an attached unique two story entry foyer, warming kitchen, bar area, sparkling clean restrooms, a two-sided covered veranda, and a sprawling open air patio.

The main hall will seat approximately 100 people.

Rock, Paper, Hammer LLC of Louisville have utilized their best artisans and top quality craftsmen in creating this phenomenal venue for us. Construction has been ongoing for over a year now. There are many unique features to the venue. The flooring is of Kentucky white oak sourced from a mill yard in Somerset, KY.   This breathtaking floor adds gracious and durable warmth to the venue that is mirrored in the custom-built grand staircase which connects the two floors of the foyer.

Where possible, original materials were restored or, in some cases, repurposed. Many of the original floor joists were compromised. Yet, some of the material was useable. The good 150+year old lumber was repurposed into doors used to separate the rooms and as shutters for the bar and second floor rooms.

Speaking of the bar, it too is quite unique. The counter is a replica of a century old hull model that was used in the building of a ferryboat by the Howard Shipyard.

Prominently featured in the main hall, mounted above the state-of-the-art audio/visual area is the pilot wheel of the 1927 Howard-built towboat, ED. J HOWARD. At night, this feature casts a vexing shadow over the wall that will intrigue your guests and share the great history of our campus delightfully with them. Your guests will be so appreciative of your choice of this unique venue.  Your event will be the talk of your group for years to come.  We can help you by recommending all the professional services you may need to assure perfection in your event! There is nothing like our Carriage House available in this or any nearby community.  Watch for updates on our webpage, in coming newsletters, and local media with more information or call (812) 283.3728.


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