The Sons & Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen, (S&D) a nationally known historic preservation and magazine publishing organization will be celebrating its 75th anniversary. To celebrate the historic organization’s milestone, several events will be held during the September 12 and 13 weekend for its members in Marietta and Clarington, Ohio.
Members and guests of S&D will attend a Friday evening social at the Ohio River Museum and tour the recently returned and renovated W.P. Snyder, Jr. steam towboat – the last of its kind in the United States. Guests will have a chance to board the vessel during the event and take in the latest exhibit to be installed in the museum featuring an extensive collection of photographs by famed photographer Thornton Barrett.
On Saturday afternoon, the Ohio Valley River Museum in Clarington will host the organization’s members and invited guests at a catered white tent luncheon overlooking the Ohio River at the home of Sonja Taylor and Lou Lemmon. Clarington has deep roots within the organization as the hometown of its main founders, including J. Mack Gamble, Elizabeth Litton, and Robert Thomas. Guests will be bused by motor coach from the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta to the venue. Prior to the luncheon, a tour of the river museum and Hannibal Locks and Dam will be enjoyed.