Podcast: William Peter Sprague

Peter Sprague was one of the most prolific boat builders of the 19th century. The boat he built that carried his name was perhaps the most famous towboat of the 20th century. Never miss an episode! To subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, CLICK HERE.


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Podcast: John Wesley Powell

In this episode we feature famed explorer of the Grand Canyon, John Wesley Powell. But Powell’s contributions stretch far beyond his cinematic-worthy white-water exploration through the Grand Canyon. He greatly broadened U.S. exploration, he became a renowned director of the U.S. Geological Survey, helped in the genesis of the Smithsonian Institution, and served as a prominent champion of land preservation and conservation.

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Podcast: E W Gould

Half a century working on the rivers prepared him for a milestone historical work. Today we highlight the accomplishments of riverboat captain and historian E. W. Gould.

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2018 Schedule confirmed!

To view the 2018 dates and cruises onboard which Laura and I will be lecturing and entertaining, just CLICK HERE to visit my Schedule Page.

Laura and I are proud to return to work another year under contract with American Cruise Line and Pearl Seas Cruises. They provide a great experience both onboard and on the included shore excursions. I encourage you to cruise in the United States for the first time (or again and again and again!). You will love it. Our great nation has many treasures to reveal to you. There may be no greater delight than the view from the deck of a riverboat sliding gracefully along a ribbon of waterway, surrounded by any of a myriad of types of terrain on different cruises. Great scenery, wonderful tours of interesting towns, delicious food, excellent onboard lecturers and talented guest entertainment (if I do say so myself!). Low key, casual, all-inclusive, small crowds (180 or less), and some of the nicest onboard staff I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.

For more info about cruising with American Cruise Lines or Pearl Seas Cruises, here’s a link to their websites.

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Podcast: Captain Mary B. Greene

In this episode, we highlight the amazing life and career of Captain Mary Becker Greene.

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Captain Mary served her final years on the legendary “Delta Queen” steamboat. To learn more about that boat’s amazing 82-year career, CLICK HERE. The “Delta Queen” was built in 1927 at the incredible cost of almost $1 million as one of the last great floating riverboat palaces. She initially ran the Sacramento River, then served as a U.S. Navy vessel during World War II. After the war she was auctioned off, relocated through the Panama Canal, beautifully renovated, and then cruised another 60 years on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Learn more about her adventures, famous travelers, incredible owners and crew, and how Congress eventually forced her into retirement. Plus hear about the dreams and plans of new owners who hope one day to return the boat to cruising. CLICK HERE.

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Podcast about inventor James Rumsey

Twenty years before Robert Fulton debuted his successful steamboat, James Rumsey unveiled his revolutionary “jet” propelled steamboat in 1787.

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First glimpses of Autumn color

Finally getting some autumn color from Lake Pepin on up the Mississippi to Red Wing. So perfectly beautiful!

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Charming LaCrosse, WI

Gorgeous waterfront, rich history, great hiking trail, and a vibrant college town. Love LaCrosse!

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Podcast about Henry Rowe Schoolcraft

In this episode we highlight the leader of the 1832 expedition to the locate the source of the Mississippi River: Henry Rowe Schoolcraft.

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I love history and I love magic. That's why I love this quote from magician Penn Jillette: "I’ve never been able to get an audience interested without being interested myself. I find that if someone is talking about their passion…I get sucked in."
Read the whole interview here:

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