The Carrabelle History Museum is hosting an engaging, free program about steamboats and steamships in Carrabelle and along the Forgotten Coast this Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Franklin County Senior Center, 201 Avenue F in Carrabelle.

Entitled "Steamboats a-comin’," this program features historical interpreters Ken Horne and Gibby Conrad, who will help you discover an era when steamships were a vital part of transportation, communication, relationships and commerce.

From before the Civil War until the 1930s, steam-operated vessels moved commerce and people all around this area. Learn about the different types of steamers and hear the songs that reflect life during the age of Florida steamboats.

Horne, a teacher in Leon County and a former educator for the Florida History Museum, is a walking fountain of knowledge about Florida history and folklore, a skilled artisan in the making of primitive tools and a talented musician.

Conrad, a pioneer of ecotourism on the Apalachicola estuary, is a lifelong student of Gulf Coast maritime history and a former museum educator. He has conducted tours on the Apalachicola river and bay for over 10 years.

Don't miss this special free program! For more information, call 697-2141 or email to This program is funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.