Established in 1985 with 113 national advisors and following 20 years of planning, the mission of the National Rivers Hall of Fame is to collect, preserve, and share the stories of the women and men who have made their lives on the rivers of America.
The Hall of Fame enjoys membership from 36 states and is part of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa.
John M. Bickel, Chairman
Don Hattery, Vice Chairman
Dave Tschiggfrie, Secretary
Scott Lawlor, Treasurer
John M. Bickel
The Egregious Seamboat Journal, Louisville, KY
Gateway Riverboat Cruises, St. Louis, MO
Horn Blower Marine, Corydon, IN
American Commercial Barge Line (retired), Jeffersonville, IN
Chairman of the Board, Kirby Corporation, Houston, TX
Capt. Charlie Lehman
American Commercial Barge Lines (retired), Jeffersonville, IN
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The National Rivers Hall of Fame lets you capture the drama of river people from all across America. Explore our nation’s rivers in the keelboat audio exhibit, enjoy the steamboat invention theater, then steer barges in a modern-day towboat pilothouse simulator.
Hall of Fame inductees are the pioneers, the explorers and the artists who are no longer living. They were movers and shakers from the days gone by and the recent past. These men and women made significant contributions related to America’s rivers and river industries, which is why we honor them.
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The National Achievement Award is the highest honor presented by the National Rivers Hall of Fame to those people who are making significant contributions to America’s waterways. The National Rivers Hall of Fame with members in 36 states is the only national museum telling the stories of the people of America’s rivers. The National Rivers Hall of Fame is a part of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa.