The show features vintage photographs of various historic riverboats, including stern wheelers, side wheelers, ferry boats and showboats selected from the museum’s huge Carl Ackerman Collection of Historic Photographs.
“Steamboats on the Ohio” takes the observer on a tour down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, through time as it traces steamboat history, including some pieces from the Portsmouth perspective.
Some of the other special items included in the show is an old john boat paddle, three handmade steamboat models, and one unlabeled crowd scene the museum staff say is “awaiting the perfect museum visitor who can pinpoint the details.”
“Work isn’t supposed to be this much fun,” preparator Tom Bridwell said. “But we’ve had a great time uncovering amazing, sometimes shocking, facts almost daily. We’ve woven them into the labels in the hope that every visitor to the exhibit can share the same eureka moments of discovery.”
The “Steamboats on the Ohio” exhibit will be on display at the Southern Ohio Museum until Oct. 8. A complete schedule of special events and performances connected with the exhibition is available at the museum, at www.somacc.com or by calling (740) 354-5629.
HEATHER DUMAS may be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 241, or firstname.lastname@example.org.