On August 6, 2013, Gerald W. Sutphin will present “West Virginia Rivers, Steamboats and River Improvements” at the Tuesday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library of the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The invention and development of the Western River steamboat set the stage for America’s Industrial Revolution, which transformed the United States and West Virginia. Sutphin will make a visual presentation on West Virginia rivers that were improved due to the invention and development of the Western River steamboat. He will discuss how steam packets, towboats, ferries and showboats impacted citizens and the growth of the state.
Gerald Sutphin is recognized as one of the United States’ foremost inland rivers and river transportation historians. Since working for the Huntington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for twenty years, he has been the owner/operator of a visual communication arts company for two decades and specializes as a consultant in the research, development, and presentation of inland rivers projects such as museum exhibits, publications, and motion picture production. His credits include Sternwheelers on the Great Kanawha River (co-author, 1991), Two Hundred Years of Steamboating, 1811-2011 (researcher/writer/producer of DVD), and The Great Kanawha, An American Story (researcher/writer/featured historian on film, 2012).
On August 6, the library will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.
West Virginia Archives and History Workshops/Lectures