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 the Mississippi River valley.
La Salle led the first expedition down the Mississippi River all the way to the Gulf of Mexico in 1682, establishing France’s claim to the vast Mississippi River drainage basin. His vision of a New France stretching from Quebec to the Gulf of Mexico anticipated the future greatness of the Mississippi Valley.

More about La Salle’s impact on the development of North America is featured in our River History Series audiobook about “The Louisiana Purchase.” To learn more about this dynamic learning opportunity, CLICK HERE.

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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 in the United States and in Europe their first view of the landscape, animals, and the Native Americans of the west. Plus, wonderfully, many of these artistic treasures still survive!

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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 I enjoy because of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many. I am humbled and thankful.

Each week onboard I am honored to meet many veterans and first responders and hear their incredible stories. I am thankful to all who put their lives on the line to keep us safe and free. Bless you all!

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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 use a steam engine to power a boat. It was a revolutionary moment that changed America forever. The beginning of mechanized travel! The incredible development of having a machine move people and cargo both downstream and upstream.

I have an entire audiobook entitled “The Early Days of Steamboating” that tells John Fitch’s amazing story and the impact of his invention on the western expansion of the United States. For more info, CLICK HERE.

 

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