of Steamboat Celebration
events to culminate with cruises
of Louisville, Cincinnati
to visit Madison in October
(October 2011) 2011 marks the bicentennial
of an event that changed the course of history in North America and
the world. In 1811, Nicholas Roosevelt did what many thought impossible
he successfully guided a steamboat up and down the Ohio
River and eventually to New Orleans, a major feat for the time.
Belles of Louisville and Cincinnati
will offer cruises and a race in Madison,
Ind., in October as part of the Rivers
Institutes Steamboat Celebration.
On the weekend of Oct. 14-16, the Steamboat Celebration
in Madison, Ind., will be held. Several organizations are working together
to make this weekend one of the Steamboat Celebration highlights of
the year. The Rivers Institute at Hanover College and the Belles of
Louisville and Cincinnati are partnering in an event that will educate
and celebrate this turning point in history. The public from the Madison,
Louisville and Cincinnati and beyond areas are invited to any or all
of the cruises offered.
Both Belles will travel from their home states (with passengers) on
Friday, Oct. 14. That evening, both Belles will offer a Moonlight Cruise.
The following day, Saturday, Oct. 15, docked boat tours, a lunch cruise
aboard the Belle of Cincinnati, the Bicentennial Steamboat Race and
a Belle Ball aboard both boats will be available.
Sunday, Oct. 16, will be the final day of the weekend-long celebration
with a brunch cruise aboard both Belles and then the boats will make
their way home.
The Madison Area Chamber of Commerces Soup, Stew, Chili &
Brew festival will also be held this same weekend. This community based
celebration of food and music on Main Street in Madison will include
judging in three categories: soup, stew and chili. Tasting opportunities
will be available for a donation and live music will be available all
day. This year will feature celebrity judge Wayne Johnson, a Lifestyle
Contributor at NBC Universal.
1-31: Riverboats of the Ohio River Art Show at the Madison
Art Club Gallery, 509 Jefferson St., Madison
Oct. 14-16: Various cruises about the Belle
of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati on the Ohio River in
Oct. 15-16: Legacy of Steam Power Show at the
Lanier Mansion State Historic Site
Oct. 16, 12:30-2 p.m.: Of Times and Rivers:
Downstream in History featuring book signing and talk by author
James Alexander Thom at the Village Lights Bookstore, 110 E. Main
The Lanier Mansion State Historic Site will play host
to a Legacy of Steam Power Show on Oct. 15-16. Participants
can see working steam-powered machines, including the famous Stanley
Steamer automobile, learn about how steam and water power have helped
build the economy in Indiana, enjoy two days of machines, tools, talks,
music and more. Hands-on area for children will provide fun fall activities.
Also in celebration of the Steamboat Bicentennial, the Rivers Institute
at Hanover College and the Indiana Historical Society will sponsor a
one-day symposium to commemorate the importance of steamboat to life
in America. The public is invited to join the celebration of the bicentennial
of the first steamboat on the western rivers of North America. The symposium
will be open to the public and held at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick
Indiana History Center in Indianapolis on Friday, Oct. 21.
The symposium is one of a number of programs to celebrate the bicentennial
of the first steamboat on the Ohio River. The goal of the celebration
is to educate the public about the history of steamboats and their dramatic
impact on the economic, social, cultural and environmental history of
the United States. Following the symposium, on Saturday, Oct.
22, the Rivers Institute at Hanover College and the Indiana Historical
Society will play host to the Steamboat Family Day again at the Eugene
and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. The day will include hands-on
activities, storytellers, musicians, food, games and more all
focusing on the topic of how steamboats changed the world.
Many other events will be happening throughout 2011 all along the Ohio
For more information regarding the 2011
Steamboat Celebration and the Rivers Institute, visit:
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