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History on the River Cruise: “Steamboats on a Smaller Scale”

June 27 @ 4:00 pm

Visit Winona Cal Fremling Boat

June 27 • 4:00 – 5:30 and 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Steamboats on a Smaller Scale with Frederick Beseler

Frederick Beseler, who grew up along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River in Trempealeau, Wisconsin, will talk about the numerous steamboat models that he restored for WCHS about 10 years ago. The models were built in the 1940s and ‘50s by Jacob Mathias of Wabasha, Minnesota. Frederick will talk about Mr. Mathias and how he built the models, as well as Frederick’s restoration process. He will also provide a history of each of the real steamboats that were frequently seen along the Mississippi and at Winona’s levee 100 years and more ago.


Educational Cruises Celebrating Our Heritage

Experience the history, culture, arts, science, stories, music, and more that make Winona County, Minnesota so unique…on the Mississippi River.

Choose from two different cruise times in May, June, July, August and September. Each presentation will be offered during a 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. cruise and again for a 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. cruise. Also enjoy refreshments and the beautiful scenery of the Mississippi River.


Cal Fremling Intrepretive Center & Classroom
1 Main Street
Winona, Minnesota 55987
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