Working to preserve the Goldenrod

The Historic Riverboat Preservation Association is a Missouri 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation working to preserve the interior artifacts of the Goldenrod Showboat, one of only six national historic landmarks in the St. Louis area.

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The Goldenrod Showboat has been a part of American history since she was built in 1909. She traveled the rivers of the Midwest, touching the hearts, minds and imaginations of generations with the broad spectrum of entertainment offered by those who lived aboard until she settled in St. Louis in 1937. There she would become a long time sensation, attracting performers and audiences alike from all over the globe.  She remained a large part of the entertainment scene of the metropolitan area until her doors were closed in 2001 and she was moved to the Illinois River and docked in Kampsville.  Though she is the largest and longest surviving original showboat she is under the threat of being lost forever. We must join together to save this one of a kind piece of American history for current and future generations so that the Goldenrod Showboat may share the love and history of river theater for another 100 years!

Photo Credit: Murphy Library University of Wisconsin- La Crosse