Despite some changes in presenters, our "History Aboard the Hiawatha" Floating Classroom session is still on track to begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11 -- and tickets are now available for the cruise.
Jim Charles and Susan Kelly will be presenting during the session, which focuses on the overall history of the river, a look at the logging boom and what it meant to the region and some interesting facts about Native Americans along the waterway.
Jim Charles is a lifelong resident of the Isle of Que near Selinsgrove, a Vietnam veteran and retired banker who devotes most of his time to the river. He offers a variety of educational sessions for all ages, ran the Isle of Que River Guides program and collects numerous artifacts from the river.
Susan Kelly is a veteran of 1970s television, playing a number of roles in popular shows and participated in a sketch comedy group with four guys, including a young Jay Leno. Kelly was born in Williamsport, lives in Muncy, and is active in the historical community by leading tours dressed in period clothing aboard Williamsport's Herdic Trolley of the mansions left behind by the region's logging boom. She has portrayed Mrs. Peter Herdic and helps with the historical museum with aspirations of writing a book about the logging boom.
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.