Author Archives: RiverHistory

Podcast about engineer Charles Ellet Jr.

Today we highlight an 1800s engineer, bridge builder, and the visionary of today’s modern flood control system – Charles Ellet, Jr.

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Podcast about explorer Alexander Mackenzie 

In this episode we highlight the first Euro-American to cross North America: Alexander Mackenzie. Enjoy and share with your friends and family!

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Podcast about legendary river history writer Dr. Louis C. Hunter

This episode highlights the author of one of the great masterworks in chronicling the importance of river transportation and the steamboat era: Dr. Louis C. Hunter.

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Podcast about legendary Missouri River Captain Joseph LaBarge

In this episode, we review the life of one of the great Missouri River steamboat captains, Captain Joseph LaBarge.

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Podcast about the advocate for the Erie Canal

A canal to connect trade from the Great Lakes across New York to the Hudson River – that was the vision and accomplishment of New York governor DeWitt Clinton. Enjoy!

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Podcast about explorer La Salle

This episode of the National Rivers Hall of Fame podcast spotlights explorer Rene Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle. La Salle was one of North America’s foremost explorers whose travels expanded knowledge of the Ohio River, the Great Lakes, and … Continue reading

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Podcast highlights artist George Catlin

This week’s episode of the National Rivers Hall of Fame podcast highlights artist George Catlin. Enjoy! George Catlin was an adventurous and talented painter who ventured to the American West several times in the early 1800s. His paintings gave many … Continue reading

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Podcast about the first female Captain

This week’s episode of the National Rivers Hall of Fame podcast highlights the life and career of the first woman to earn a Master’s license, Captain Mary Miller. Enjoy!

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Thankful this Memorial Day

We’re out lecturing and entertaining aboard American Cruise Lines’ riverboat “Queen of the West” along the Columbia River. We had a beautiful Memorial Day service onboard today while watching the spectacular scenery. I was powerfully reminded of the incredible freedom … Continue reading

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NRHF Podcast about steamboat inventor John Fitch

Today’s episode of the National Rivers Hall of Fame highlights the life and career of inventor John Fitch. Twenty years before Robert Fulton built his first successful steamboat, inventor John Fitch debuted the first vessel in the United States to … Continue reading

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