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What is your favorite feature of the Arabia Steamboat Museum?
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Mule
1856 Perfume
Pickles
Frozen Charlotte
7%
Paddlewheel
21%
Mule
14%
1856 Perfume
43%
Pickles
14%
Frozen Charlotte

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Historic postcard of the Steamboat Chester arriving in Kansas City.  #steamboathistory

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Thank you to all who came out to English Landing Park yesterday to celebrate the Steamboat Arabia historical marker. 
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Steamboat Arabia Historical Marker
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An official historical marker will be dedicated on Thursday, July 9th at 2:00 PM along the walking trail at English Landing Park in Parkville, MO. This marker, near the bank of the Missouri River, will help identify the site of the Steamboat Arabia’s disastrous 1856 wreck. Events will take place on the far eastern edge of the riverfront trail (see attached map).

Join us as we dedicate a permanent historical marker to reflect the importance of the Steamboat Arabia. This riverboat was a significant archaeological discovery, important to our understanding of Missouri history and the American frontier.

Several of the individuals who recovered the treasures will be in attendance to share their personal stories of this one-of-a-kind discovery. Parkville and Platte County officials will also deliver remarks, including Mayor Nan Johnston, Parks & Recreation Director Brian Nowotny, and more.

“We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.” ---George Santayana

For more details, contact:
Arabia Steamboat Museum
816-471-1856
steamboatmuseum@gmail.com

Parkville City Halll
816-741-7676

Learn more about the Steamboat Arabia at: www.1856.com

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Lady Liberty reminds you to have a safe and fun 4th of July. We are OPEN today and the farmer's market at The City Market - Kansas City is in full swing. Keep in mind that the museum is closing an hour early for the holiday; the last tour begins at 2:30 today. We will resume normal Sunday hours tomorrow with tours every half hour between noon and 3:30.
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The Arabia Steamboat Museum will be OPEN this holiday weekend. We will close an hour early on Saturday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day. Last admission will be at 2:30. Visit the City Market before or after your tour to get Kansas City's freshest produce for your family picnic.
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Have you ever wondered why Kansas City is actually (mostly) in Missouri?  The short answer is: the city pre-dates the state.  Present-day downtown Kansas City was founded as a steamboat landing called Westport in 1834 and then incorporated as the Town of Kansas in 1850.  Kansas Territory was established in 1854 (thanks to the Kansas-Nebraska act).  Kansas was a Free Territory, but Missouri (because of the Missouri Compromise) was a Border State that allowed slavery.  The period known as Bleeding Kansas was marked by violent raids across the border and a great deal of bloodshed.  This rivalry today is mostly channeled into sports, but locals do not appreciate being mistaken for residents of their neighboring state.  How do you feel about the state border?  Share your experience in a comment.
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Here is an interesting survey about digital museums.  Please help out a grad student in Library and Information Science with an emphasis on Museum Studies by taking a few minutes to reflect on your experiences. 

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If you have ever visited the Arabia's Web site or social media pages, please complete this short survey (click or copy/paste the link below).
Thank you, and here is a 19th-century cat photo.

https://kent.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8iAUWdIiKglMAyV
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Twenty-three bottles of bitters were found amongst the Arabia's cargo.  Although today bitters are used to flavor your trendy craft cocktail, in 1856 they were sold as a "medicinal" (although this may have been mostly a ruse to avoid liquor taxation).  In this old ad, St. George the dragon slayer is probably an allegory for taming your digestive woes. 
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