Steve's New CD!

The year 1811: a 42 year old relative of Franklin Roosevelt with his plucky pregnant 19 year old wife, their 2 year old daughter, dog and crew make history by piloting the very first steamboat down the Mississippi, in a historic journey that would forever change commerce on the river.

 The year 1881: A bright comet appears for months in the sky. Many were terrified of this, convinced it was a bad omen. The natives link the comet to the smoke and steam of this new steamboat. Others  believe the comet causes the earthquake.

On December 16, the Roosevelts, the steamboat, the comet and the earthquake converge in time and place for an unforgettable and dramatic adventure!

Steve and JoAnn are in character (Lydia Roosevelt and a Keelboatman) as they tell this amazing and unbelievable story.  This true tale is highly entertaining, with incredible historical details and first person accounts. It is a 50 minute presentation.

 "By acting this story out you brought history to life! I had no idea we had earthquakes in the midwest - I never learned this in school!", guest, American Cruise Lines


About Steve

Steve and his wife JoAnn Funk are widely respected for their knowledge of the Mississippi River, gained through personal experience and years of study, exploration and conservation work. They are also professional musicians. Steve and JoAnn are guest speakers for American Cruise Lines as they travel the Mississippi, Cumberland and Ohio Rivers, using their lectures, seminars and music to share their knowledge of the river with everyone they meet.

Click here to view and print an informational sheet about 1811: A Roosevelt, A Steamboat and a Earthquake!

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