• David Hawley discusses Steamboat Arabia

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  • The National Archives at Kansas City will host David Hawley, co-founder of the Arabia Steamboat Museum, on April 9 for a discussion about the excavation, discovery, and preservation of the steamboat Arabia. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the 6:30 p.m. lecture.
    Built in 1853, the Arabia was a side wheeler steamboat which hit a snag in the Missouri River and sank near present day Parkville. Used to carry cargo and passengers Arabia traversed the Missouri from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Pierre, S.D., and eventually up the Yellowstone River. The Arabia hit a snag on the Missouri River and sank on Sept. 5, 1856. In 1988, the Hawley family, along with family friends Jerry Mackey and David Luttrell, rediscovered the Arabia and its contents. Hawley will discuss the excavation and the artifacts recovered from the site now housed in the Arabia Steamboat Museum.
    To make a reservation for this free event, email kansascity.educate@nara.gov or call 816-268-8010.

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