Riverboats and the River

On display October 15, 2020 – January 15, 2021

Listen live online | Click the orange play button below to listen virtually:

The above sound exhibit is 13 minutes in length. The stories highlighted represent only a small portion of our audio collection, see below for access to 100 NCHS audio files online.

Listen to the NCHS audio collection at California Revealed

Back in 2015 we started the process of digitizing our audio collection with California Revealed. We selected 100 out of the 250 audio cassettes in our archives, and they are live online for you to listen to the entire program. This 2020-2021 sound exhibit highlights 1-2 minute sound bites, see below for the two main audio files used in the creation of the Riverboats and the River display.

Follow along with Jess Doud and NCHS members as they cruised North up the Napa River on January 19, 1992. Listen to the full presentation.

Erna Hammerich details the history of her family and the sailboats they owned that navigated the Napa River at the turn of the 20th century. In conversation with Dorothy MacLean on February 19, 1983. Listen to the full oral history.

NCHS Archive Records

Contact our research staff to access the following documents related to the Napa River history — by e-mail at info@napahistory.org, or by phone at 707-224-1739.

A 1967 report on Early Steam Navigation on the Napa River. See the bibliographic details on our online catalog, MS0572, NCHS Manuscript Collection.

This project is supported by California Revealed and administered in California by the State Librarian. The program is made possible by funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

The NCHS also thanks Community Projects inc. in Napa as a contributor for the speaker display, here’s a word from the manufacturers on social distancing: https://www.holosonics.com/touchless-audio. Stay tuned for an update on in-person appointments to listen, based upon the county’s guidelines for social distancing.

Echoes of Napa Valley premiered in 2020 with four themes. The third theme begins January 15, 2021, The Working Pioneer.