Knight said both she and Norrington are dedicated to the idea of why this museum was started in the first place. She said Capt. Jim Howard’s vision was that generations to come could visit his home and learn about the history of steamboating.
But the community impact stretches beyond the museum’s walls.
“It’s a great facility, but keeping that history in mind, that history that enriches us across the street [at Jeffboat] is still going on,” Knight said. “What James Howard started there in 1834, we still have a vibrant boat business over there. It has really sustained our community.”
Knight said the biggest change over the years has been the steady growth in the museum’s board and the increased involvement from the community.
“I think we’ve done a lot of good things in the last 20 years,” she said.