In conjunction with River Heritage Days, the Depot Community Room and the Henderson County Public Library have joined together to present this traveling exhibit that tells the story of the first steamboat to successfully navigate America’s western inland rivers, the New Orleans, and how it altered American life forever by hastening the opening of the American West and transforming the landscape, economy and culture of the United States.
This exhibit introduces the adventurers who first dared to take a steamboat on the Ohio River, the technology they used and the ramification – both positive and negative – of their actions. Steamboat a Comin’: The Legacy of the New Orleans provides viewers with an understanding and appreciation of the adventurous spirit that colored much of early river travel, the technological achievements, the vast impact on landscape and economy, and the rich culture we have today as a result.
The Rivers Institute at Hanover College sponsored this traveling exhibit to mark the bicentennial in 2011 of the first steamboat to successfully voyage down the Ohio River.
The exhibit encompasses three themes and will be on display through the Month of May. “The Legacy of the New Orleans,” and “Life Along the River” can be viewed at the Depot Community Room, 101 N. Water Street, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. “A Frontier No More – River Economy and Steam Technology” can be viewed at the Henderson County Public Library, 101 S. Main St., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, phone the Depot Community Room at 270-830-9707.