Monday, September 19, 2016

Swenson and King: Steamboats on the Wabash

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.

Robert Swenson
Admission is free.
John King 

Lawrence County Historical Society is now making reservations for the Water/Ways bus tour through flood-prone Allison Prairie, the former George Field Army Air base, Lake Lawrence, the crossing where Abe Lincoln first came into Illinois, and past an eagle's nest. 

Cost is $10, seating is limited. Reservations may be made at the History Center.  The tour is being offered two different Saturdays, September 24 and October 1 with two tours each day; one at 10:00 am and one at noon. What are you ‘wading’ for…sign up now!

Have you purchasd your Water, Water, Everywhere book? Only $25...there is a whole chapter about steamboats.....