Indianapolis—The Dubois County Museum will welcome Steamboat a Comin’: The Legacy of the New Orleans, a traveling exhibition of the Indiana Historical Society, May 25-June 22, 2016. This exhibition will be on display at the museum, located at 2704 N. Newton Street (US 231), Jasper, IN.

In anticipation of the 2011 bicentennial of the first steamboat to successfully voyage down the Ohio River, the Indiana Historical Society launched its newest traveling exhibition. Sponsored by the Rivers Institute at Hanover College, Steamboat a Comin’ highlights this travel method’s impact on western expansion and development.

The first steamboat to successfully navigate America’s western inland rivers, the New Orleans, altered American life forever by hastening the opening of the American west and by transforming the landscape, economy and culture. This exhibition, which will be displayed at local historical societies, museums, libraries and other venues across the state, will introduce visitors to the adventurers who first dared to take a steamboat on the Ohio River, the technology they used and the ramifications—both positive and negative—of their actions.

Visitors will leave with an understanding and appreciation of the adventurous spirit that colored much early river travel, the technological achievements, the vast impact on landscape and economy, and the rich culture we have today as a result.

For more information on this exhibition or other programs of the Dubois County Museum, call 812-634-7733 or visit www.duoiscountymuseum.org.

From July 19 until August 12 the Dubois County Museum will host another Indiana Historical Society traveling exhibition called, Who is a Hoosier?.    It  looks at how people with many different backgrounds have come to take pride in the nickname.

About IHS Traveling Exhibitions

Historical societies, museums, libraries, schools and other nonprofit organizations in Indiana can book this and other traveling exhibits through IHS’s Local History Services Department. Exhibits may be borrowed for approximately four to five weeks at a time. To book an exhibit, please contact Karen DePauw at localhistoryservices@indianahistory.org or (317) 233-3110. For more information about the traveling exhibit program, visit www.indianahistory.org.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, Museum Theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00-2:00pm, Saturday from 10:00-4:00pm and Sunday 1:00-4:00pm.  It is closed on Monday. The Dubois County Museum is a local non profit organization committed to the collection, preservation and interpretation of historical artifacts and information important to the citizens of the county.  Museum operations are funded by annual memberships, admission charges, donations and gifts from visitors, area residents and businesses.   The DCM staff consists entirely of volunteers.  The Dubois County Museum is located in Jasper at 2704 N. Newton Street (US231).  Call (812) 634-7733.  Please allow two hours to view exhibits.   Visit the museum web site at www.duboiscountymuseum.org. Like us on Facebook.