Speaking Series

Come join us as the Newburgh Museum hosts a Speaking Series the first Sunday of each month (*with few exceptions, July and September) starting in April from 1-3 pm. Enjoy the latest exhibit, and hear a different guest speaker each month sharing pieces of Newburgh and the surrounding area’s history.

April 2: “Women In River History”

Kadie Engstrom is currently Historian for the “Belle of Louisville Riverboats”  as well as Education Coordinator and Docent for the Howard Steamboat Museum in Jeffersonville, IN. Since 1972 Kadie has served in several capacities with the “Belle of Louisville”,  the “Mary M Miller” riverboat as well as their wharfboat, historic “Life-Saving Station #10”. She has written books, booklets, articles and other resources concerning community history, steamboats, Ohio River history and the histories of the “Belle of Louisville Riverboats” vessels. She has also developed and facilitated educational experiences for children and adults including community presentations and exhibits, classroom and on-board programs for students, workshops for teachers and narrations and tours for groups of all ages.

April 30*: “Influenza of 1917”

Dr. Mark Browning of the Evansville War Museum

June 4: “Newburgh ‘Old’ Dam”

Army Corps of Engineers

July 16*: “Tanks: Panthers, Tigers and Shermans”

Kevin Reid of Evansville War Museum

August 6: “Turn of the 20th Century Victorian Mourning Practices”

Dannye Lawson

September 10*: Eastminster Presbyterian Church Joins the Museum to Open the Time Capsule of Newburgh Presbyterian Church

October 1: “Commander Weyerbacher of Warrick County, Designer of Dirigibles for US Navy”

Stan Schmitt of Willard Library Special Collections Department

November 5: “‘New’ Newburgh Dam”

Jerry Edwards of the Army Corp of Engineers



Our 2022 Speaker Schedule Included: 

  • Joe Herron: 1787-1803 Northwest Ordinance and Territory
  • Lela White: George Rogers Clark and Fort Sackville
  • David Weaver: Indiana Territory and Governor William Henry Harrison 1800-1812
  • Matt Alschbach: The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery 1803-1806
  • Travis Vasconcelos, Calliopist and River Historian: Showboats and Excursion Boats – When Entertainment Came to the River
  • Joshua A. Claybourn: Young Abe Lincoln in Indiana 1816-1830
  • Anne Rust-Aurand: Eldora Miner-Raleigh – 1852-1930, A Woman Ahead of Her Time
  • Mark Browning, MD: Local Contributions to the WWII Effort


Our 2021 Speaker Schedule Included: 

  • Jay Davis, Yankeetown FD Chief; retired supervisor/Lockmaster, Newburgh Lock and Dam
  • Colleen Talley and Jann Allen with the Warrick County Museum
    ‘Visit Yesterday Today’…..learn what’s new about the history and culture of Warrick County located in Boonville, IN.
  • Newburgh Rocks: Ralph Baker, Certified Petroleum Geologist
    View Archive Video
  • Bill Bartelt, co-editor – Abe’s Youth: Shaping the Future President
    View Archive Video
  • James Hevron discusses the Lincolns of Spencer County.
    View Archive Video
  • William Clark, with David Lutz, “A Brief Look at Different Ancient Cultures in the Tri-State”
  • 100 Years of Vintage Clothing Revisited: Jennifer Greene, Associate Professor of Library Science and University Archivist at the David L. Rice Library, University of Southern Indiana
  • The Audubons in Henderson (1810-1819): Heidi Taylor-Caudill, Curator of the John James Audubon State Park Museum, Henderson, Kentucky
  • Cory Burdette: The Gator Navy – The Importance of the LST in WW2 and Beyond


Our 2020 Speaker Schedule Included: 

  • Jay Davis, Yankeetown FD Chief; retired supervisor/Lockmaster, Newburgh Lock and Dam
  • Aaron Luttrull, Newburgh’s Civil War Culture and Architectural Landscape
  • Mike Wittenbraker, Local Firefighting from an Experienced Professional
  • AJ Mason, The Museum of the Coal Industry, Lynnville
  • Anne Rust Aurand, Newburgh, England