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River Discovery Center Receives KHS 2015 History Award
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) presented the River Discovery Center in Paducah with a 2015 History Award in the education category Nov. 6 at its annual meeting and history awards presentation in Frankfort.
The center received the award for the Mound Builders Program, an all-day field trip that provides an immersive experience in which students take part in hands-on activities that introduce them to daily life of indigenous Native Americans. Students also... read more
Save the date for the 5th annual Paducah Dragon Boat Festival. September 17, 2016
Dragon Boat Festival
Frankfort, Kentucky, September 8, 2015 – The Kentucky Travel Industry Association has selected the Dragon Boat Festival as part of their 2015 Fall Top Festivals & Events.
The River Discovery Center brings the fastest growing international team sport to the heart of America’s inland waterways. The 4th Annual Dragon Boat Festival is held on the Ohio River, and the one-day event attracts over 7,000 people. Dragon Boat Racing is an ancient Chinese sport dating back more than 2,500 years. Each boat measure 41 feet, carry up to... read more
The River Discovery Center announces the second annual Paducah Dragon Boat Festival to be held at Paducah’s riverfront on Saturday, September 21, 2013 has 32 teams registered. Proceeds from the event will go towards the educational programs of the center.
Dragon Boat Racing started in China over 2,500 years ago and has long been their National Sport. In North America it has grown from relative obscurity 20 years ago, to over 1,000 annual events with over 1,000,000 participants. Dragon boat racing is visually spectacular and easy to learn.... read more
The River Discovery Center hosted over 75 high school students in its inaugural river industry career event. Held at the center and Maiden Alley Cinema, the event attracted students from Paducah City, McCracken County and Marshall County school districts. This is the first year for an event that was specifically geared to educate students about the vast array of career options available to them in or related to the inland waterways. The event, called Who Works the Rivers, a program based at the National Mississippi River Museum allows... read more
Today the River Discovery Center announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.... read more
The River Discovery Center announces the first annual Paducah Dragon Boat Festival to be held at Paducah’s riverfront on September 22, 2012 has 26 teams registered. Dragon Boat Racing started in China over 2,500 years ago and has long been their National Sport. In North America it has grown from relative obscurity 20 years ago, to over 1,000 annual events with over 1,000,000 participants.
Dragon boat racing is visually spectacular and easy to learn. Anyone can do it, regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability... read more
The River Discovery Center announces the Paducah Dragon Boat Festival to be held at Paducah’s riverfront on September 22, 2012. Dragon Boat Racing started in China over 2,500 years ago and has long been their National Sport. In North America it has grown from relative obscurity 20 years ago, to over 1,000 annual events with over 1,000,000 participants.
Dragon boat racing is visually spectacular and easy to learn. Anyone can do it, regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability. Furthermore, it is a sport... read more
Get married in the museum’s beautiful Founders Room and make this a Valentine’s Day to remember!
On Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14, 2012, Judge Jeff Hines, will perform wedding ceremonies in the Founders Room of the River Discovery Center. This special event will run from 1:00pm until 3:00pm with ceremonies every 10 minutes. Judge Hines is donating his time and services in this unique and joyful way to the River Discovery Center for a donation of $100 to the museum.... read more
W.N. “Buck” Lay was a quiet man but his dedication and commitment to the success of the River Discovery Center was heard loudly with the announcement of a major gift to the center. At the center’s annual breakfast for major supporters, Keith Lay, Buck’s son, announced that his father left a $250,000 endowment to the center. According to Keith, “Dad wanted to leave a lasting legacy to the River Discovery Center and talked with his advisors about something that would continue in perpetuity. Dad had a heart for the River Discovery... read more
Two hundred years ago, the epic voyage of the New Orleans, the first steamboat to descend the Ohio and Mississippi River to New Orleans, changed American civilization. This October marks the 200th anniversary of the New Orleans’s historic trip from Pittsburgh to New Orleans.
To celebrate this steamboat bicentennial, the River Discovery Center will host an exhibit of steamboat photography covering the last 200 years. Beginning with the New Orleans, the exhibit includes images from steamboats used during the Civil War... read more
Fifty years ago this month, Hollywood came to Paducah. Paducah and Smithland were chosen as filming locations for one of Hollywood’s greatest epics, How the West Was Won. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars spent weeks in Paducah and the area to film scenes for the movie. Some of the most legendary action scenes in movie history were in How the West Was Won. Several local businesses were involved in the production including Owens Cleaners who made costumes and dry cleaned many worn by the stars. The Ice... read more
Ingram Barge Company, based in Nashville, Tennessee and with marine operations headquartered in Paducah has announced a partnership with the River Discovery Center in Paducah. The Ingram Skipper program will bring 4th graders from 24 school districts in our region to the center for a curriculum-targeted program.
All fourth graders will spend an entire day at the center learning about everything from river history, environments and sciences, culture, and industry. Teachers will have an opportunity to customize their day at the... read more
The River Discovery Center announces a brand new Educational program targeted to 5th graders in the Paducah area. The Mound Builder program’s curriculum is tied directly to Kentucky core content for 5th grades.
The program delves into the ancient inhabitants of the region known as the Mississippian culture or Mound Builders. The Mississippians culture which has been referred to as Mound Builder, comes from the large mounds they built for burial, ceremonial, and homes for ruling hierarchy. The... read more