Old Man River:  History Along the MississippiApril 19-November 2, 2003

Selected Artifacts

Bald eagle and alligator crossing sign
The Upper vs. The Lower Mississippi

We have chosen 13 artifacts from the exhibit to give you a better sense of the types of items in the Old Man River exhibit. We hope you enjoy them!

bound down the river"BOUND DOWN THE RIVER" lithograph with hand coloring, Currier and Ives, 1870
~ Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine IA
GOLD-PLATED SELMER TRUMPET of Louis Armstrong, serial no. 8491
~ Louis Armstrong House and Archives at Queens College, Flushing NY
birch bark canoe
BIRCH BARK CANOE, handcrafted in 1908 in Ely, MN, using Chippewa fashion and techniques
~ State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines IA

Mallards print
"MALLARDS" print and stamp created by Maynard Reese, 1993
~ State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines IA

~ George M. Verity Riverboat Museum, Keokuk IA
pistolsDOUBLE BARREL FLINTLOCK DUELING PISTOLS of James Monroe. Manufactured by Tatham & Egg in London, the accessories include a screwdriver, brass powder flask, small brass pring flask, and a ball rammer that also houses an iron "worm" used to pull unfired balls from the barrel.
~ Ash Lawn - Highland, Home of James Monroe, Charlottesville VA
elvis parking sign
PARKING SIGN from Elvis Presley's Graceland
~ John Koza, Iowa City IA
Riverman painting
"RIVERMAN ON THE MISSISSIPPI" oil painting by James Dallas Parks, 1940
~ Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine IA
Grant saddle
SADDLE of General Ulysses S. Grant
~ Galena State Historic Sites, Ulysses S. Grant Home, Galena IL
Riverboat drawing"RIVERBOAT" pen, pencil, and sepia wash by Thomas Hart Benton, c. 1935
~ Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine IA
Upper Mississippi River painting
"UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER" oil painting by Henry Lewis, 1855
~ Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine IA
voodoo maskVOODOO MASK FROM LIBERIA - Carved wooden mask depicts a creature that may be part cow, part alligator, and part human. It is intricately decorated with layers of cowrie shells and fabrics, but has lost the raffia hair that would have reached to the ground from holes in the mask. The fur bag contains a stone talisman carved to depict a monkey on one side, an owl on the reverse, and protects the wearer of the mask from evil.
~ An Anonymous Lender
riverboat artifactsArtifacts from several lenders, including:

OVAL PORTRAIT of steamboat pilot William Champe Page, 1864, St. Louis
CELERY VASES used in the dining room of Page's riverboat, the John Simonds, 1860s
SILVER TEASPOON used in the dining room of Page's riverboat, the John Simonds, 1860s
~ Virginia and Bill Woods, Mechanicsville IA, and Barbara Wilson Skerry, Freehold NJ

CHINA from the George M. Verity riverboat
PHOTOGRAPH depicting a riverboat dining room set for the evening's repast
~ George M. Verity Riverboat Museum, Keokuk IA

~ Clinton Showboat, Clinton IA

GLASS OIL LAMP, mid-to-late 1800s
~ Charles Pope, Marion IA

End of Exhibit

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2 men in a canoe
Early Exploration and Development
River Days
view of Bellview, Iowa
Riverfront Property
Civil War enenactors
Man vs. Man
Bald eagle and conservation officer
Man vs. Nature
jazz musician
The Arts Along the River
New Orleans graveyard
Legends and Spirits
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