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Yesterday's News • Special Edition

September 2005


Greetings HistoryAmerica Regulars & Friends!



The Delta Queen Steamboat Company and Hurricane Katrina

All three of the classic steamboats were taken out of harm's way and are fine. The offices in New Orleans have been moved to the corporate headquarters of Delaware North in New York. Delaware North is a large, privately held company and has owned the boats since 2002. Great care is being given to track down affected employees and get everything back on line as soon as possible. They have managed to keep disruptions to a minimum for their passengers, which is impressive considering the force of the hurricane.

How does this impact our remaining 2005 cruises? We have HistoryAmerica participants on three cruises for the remainder of the year:

• The Sept 18-25 Delta Queen Civil War cruise will run as scheduled from Chattanooga to Cincinnati.

• The Nov 14-21 Mississippi Queen World War II cruise has been re-routed from Chattanooga to Nashville.

• The Dec 5-12 Mississippi Queen World War II cruise will change to a Memphis roundtrip itinerary.

Regarding the 2006 cruise schedule, be assured that all four of the Delta Queen cruises will run. We do not have specific information on itinerary changes, but we hope to give you that information in the next week to 10 days. Here is what we know right now:

Love and War on the American Queen planned for Jan 27-Feb 3 will be re-scheduled. We are working on an alternate itinerary on the Mississippi Queen, and the dates may need to change slightly. But our superb historians, Virginia Morton and Sara Bartlett, will be onboard to enlighten and entertain you as they talk about the great love stories of the Civil War. Charlene Corris will be with the group as well. We will notify you as soon as possible with the revised schedule.

The Reunion Cruise scheduled for March 8-17 on the Delta Queen may have itinerary changes, but again, Historian Guides Jack Waugh and Ed Bearss will adjust their presentations and shore tours to give you the finest of learning vacations. Both Julia Brown and Charlene Corris will be along as we celebrate the many HistoryAmerica friends we've made over the years.

Cruising for Battlefield Preservation is our April offering, which corresponds with the annual Civil War Preservation Trust conference in Memphis. CWPT President Jim Lighthizer and Historian Guides Brian Wills and Richard McMurry will make this April 23-30 cruise on the Mississippi Queen an outstanding journey linking the past and the present. All indications are that this cruise will have no changes in dates or itinerary. Pete Brown will accompany this group.

Getting to Know the General Oct 31-Nov 10 on the Mississippi Queen will also run as scheduled from Cincinnati to St. Louis. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more of General Grant as we travel the great rivers with Historian Guide Geoffrey Perret, biographer of U.S. Grant. It's also a chance to show off the attire of that age -- throughout the cruise and at our farewell cotillion. Plans are for both Charlene Corris and Julia Brown to be onboard.

What can you do to help?

If you have a booking on one of these programs, we hope you don't cancel it. These magnificent steamboats need you now more than ever. There is nothing quite like them in the world. ðÊ If you havenât made a booking yet, consider doing so now. Check out the



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