Club News: Kiwanis hear more about possible steamboat museum move - The Marshall Democrat-News

The Marshall Kiwanis Club held their regular meeting at noon Tuesday, July 20, at Montagues. Charles Ferguson offered the invocation and Club President Sharon Crawford led the Pledge of Allegiance and

called the meeting to order with 21 members and one guest in attendance.

The clubs first order of business was to welcome its newest member, Tammy Gibson. Gibson stated that she has been a Kiwanian in Columbia and is looking forward to getting acquainted with and working with Marshall Kiwanis.

Gabe Ramsey introduced Bill Stouffer who is working with the National Steamboat Museum association. A video was presented and he offered information from the National Steamboat group that provided an overview of the long-term plans to have a National Steamboat Museum erected somewhere in the vicinity of the junction of Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 65. Stouffer indicated that while the Arch in St. Louis is known as The Gateway to the West, this proposed museum would be known as The Launching Pad to the Midwest. Steamboats in their day were recognized as a primary use for transportation of huge amounts of goods. The sinking and subsequent recovery of the Steamboat Arabia has proven to be a huge attraction. The recovery of the Steamboat Malta (near Malta Bend) is anticipated to provide a sizeable amount of priceless artifacts. While the goal of eventually having this museum literally in Marshalls back yard will involve years of work, planning, and foresight, (not to mention millions of dollars), the potential impact is incredibly huge. Following a brief Q & A, Stouffer indicated that answers would be forthcoming as the museums plans evolve and encouraged folks to check out the project online.

With no further business, Becky Uhlich won the $11 pot, and the meeting was adjourned.

The next Kiwanis meeting will be July 27.

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