Ohio Valley River Museum

at Hannibal Locks and Dam, Hannibal, Ohio


CLARINGTON, OH – Director, Barbara Rush, of The Ohio Valley River Museum, 112 Ferry Street, Clarington, announced today, the museum has been approved as a 501c3 non-profit status organization by the Internal Revenue Service. “As we continue to grow and develop programs with educational opportunities for the public about the history of the Ohio River, how it has developed the surrounding area, our continually changing & expanding exhibits & events, we are very pleased that those who would like to offer their financial support can take advantage of their contributions now being a tax deductible opportunity locally.”

We recently conducted a job fair with four (4) of the larger riverboat companies having recruiters present. 133 people attended this event, obtaining applications, information & job offerings on the Ohio River, including crewmen, deck hand, and cooking positions. “We want to be known as the museum who wants to preserve the past as well as provide for the future!” Rush stated.

The museum began developing in 2009 when Team Monroe suggested a river museum was needed. The doors opened to the public June 2010 and has continued to expand their exhibits & provide programs and events each year since it opened. The “Dine Like You’re On the Delta Queen” fundraiser dinner opens the season each year, with all-volunteer support, is open on Fridays & Saturdays during the summer months and by appointment during winter months or special events at present. We hope to expand our hours as we get more members and volunteers.

Ms. Rush added, “Anyone who would like to learn more about the programs at the museum or those who would like to offer a few volunteer hours can contact me through our website or call 740-795-5883.” Our website is: www.ohiovalleyrivermuseum.org

The Trustees of the museum also announce the following upcoming events:

Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 10 am to 3 pm – Ladies’ Day at the Museum –

Twelve (12) vendors have registered to be at the museum to offer a variety of cosmetics, jewelry, clothing, home-goods, and more for attendees to enjoy viewing the latest fall & winter products, and getting an early start on holiday shopping. There will be door prizes, light refreshments, & a gift basket raffle. Admission for ladies is free!

Vendors registered include: Mary Kay Cosmetics, CABi Fashions, Origami Owl, Thirty-One, Gold Canyon Candles, Lemongrass Spa, Just Jewelry, Premiere Jewelry, Scentsy, Celebrating Home, Tupperware, Paparazzi, & Younique Cosmetics.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 – Antique Appraisal Fair – 11 am to 3 pm

Antique enthusiast and expert, Mr. Jeffrey Spear, of Garth’s Auctions, Inc., Columbus, Ohio, will be at the Ohio Valley River Museum, 112 Ferry Street, Clarington, for verbal appraisals of your antique treasures, family heirlooms, or special treasures. One item is $10; 2 for $15; 3 for $20; up to 5 for $25.

While you’re waiting your turn, view the expanded exhibits inside the rooms of the Ohio Valley River Museum to see the history of the river, the development of the Locks & Dams in the vicinity, the historical boat building businesses that used to be one of the main industries along the Monroe County shoreline, or the Delta Queen Steamboat Co.’s delightful exhibit.

Light refreshments will be available. Doors open at 11 am. Saturday November 22nd.

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Hannibal Locks and Dam Visitor’s Center
Free to the Public

Open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk April through November.

Visit our historical exhibits, tour the grounds, and enjoy the lock chamber observation deck.

Special Thanks

Special Thanks to the Ohio Valley Community Credit Union for their continued support & generosity!

Special Thanks

Our special thanks to David Reid, managing director, for his generosity and support!