History on the River Cruises

The Winona County Historical Society’s History on the River educational cruises are held Thursday evenings and are on schedule even with the higher water. Cruises are 90 minutes long and include refreshments. Each week we welcome a new speaker aboard. Topics coming up include Photographing the River, Winona’s Boathouse Communities, and new this year we welcome Denis Gardner to speak about Minnesota’s Historic Bridges on August 1, including Winona’s newly reopened historic 1942 bridge. Gardner’s book, Wood, Concrete, Stone, and Steel documents and celebrates a wide range of the state’s rural and urban spans. It is in the Museum Shop for purchase too! Denis P. Gardner is an award-winning historian who has documented properties for the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic American Engineering Record. He is also the author of Minnesota Treasures: Stories behind the State’s Historic Places.

History on the River Schedule (CF – Cal Fremling Boat; WTB – Winona Tour Boat)


18, 7:00 – Photographing the River: Then and Now with Mary Farrell, CF (Bring your camera if you wish!)
25, 7:00 – Winona’s Boathouse Communities, WTB


1, 7:00 – Wood, Concrete, Stone and Steel: Minnesota’s Historic Bridges with Denis Gardner, CF
8, 7:00 – Mississippi, Missouri, or Big Muddy: What’s in a Name? with Dean Klinkenberg, CF
15, 7:00 – Sifting Through the Years: The History of Bay State with Al Simanovski CF
22, 6:30 – Rockin’ on the River with Jeani and the Dreamers, CF SOLD OUT
29, 6:30 – Winona’s Railroad History, with Erik Brom, WTB


5, 6:00 – Steamboat Stories with Robert Taunt, CF
12, 6:00 – Mammals of the Upper Mississippi with Ranger Edward Lagace, CF
19, 5:30 – Eagles on the Mississippi with the National Eagle Center, CF
26, 5:30 – The Lock and Dam System of the Mississippi, WTB

Tickets are sold in advance at the History Center or by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0. Tickets are $27 for non-members and $22 for WCHS members. Save with our pick 3 option, and go on your choice of any 3 History on the River cruises for $75 for non-members or $60 for our members. Find more and plan your trip at winonahistory.org/to-do.


Cal Fremling Drive Winona, Minnesota 55987


507-454-2723 ext. 0






Every Thursday June-September