Saturday, September 24, 2016

Swenson and King-- Steamboats on the Wabash

Don't forget our program Monday night Sept 26.  

The Lawrence County Historical Society is pleased to present Steamboats on the Wabash by Robert Swenson and John King,  September 26 at 7 PM at the Lawrence public library.

On May 10, 1823 the first steamboat arrived in Vincennes; 13 years later as many as 800 steamboats had docked at the city according to an early Vincennes newspaper.  The same steamboats would have stopped at Lawrence County river towns such as St. Francisville, Belgrade Landing and Russellville.

Robert Swenson, a retired professor in the school of architecture at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, has done extensive research on southeastern Illinois steamboat heritage. John King, local historian and member of the Lawrence County Historical Society, has focused his research on the steamboats that plied the Wabash. Working together Swenson and King have prepared a program to delight local audiences.

The Western Sun and Gen. Advertiser Vincennes January 3, 1835 
1835 Humor...not so different from today....

“Pull out that white hair,” said one lady to another.
“If I do, ten will come to the funeral,” said the other.

“No matter if they come in black.”