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The Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen (S&D) was established in 1939 to perpetuate the memory of Pioneer Rivermen and for the preservation of river history. 

Join the former and active riverboat captains, crew and their families, historians, artists, model builders and those with an interest in the history of the people and boats of the Mississippi River system in sustaining a uniquely American tradition. Subscription is not restricted to descendants of river pioneers, the only requirement for a subscription is in interest in river history!

April 19th, 2020 - Annual Meeting Statement

I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy during this terrible and unusual time that our country is facing.

Jeff and I just spoke concerning the S&D annual meeting in Marietta in September. The future of the coronavirus is definitely uncertain and we need to make sure that whatever we do is best for our members. We both realize that there is discussion by the government about slowly opening up the country but there are still many risk associated with this.

Since the large majority of those who attend the September meetings are in the “risk category”, Jeff and I feel that it would be best that we cancel the meeting in September.

Neither Jeff or I are happy about doing this but we feel it’s best to make the decision now and not have to scramble later in the summer and then have to try and communicate to our members about changing plans.

I know this will be a disappointment for many, but we feel this is the best and safest decision.​

Jeff Spear & Lee Woodruff