Don’t expect to find real fish eggs on the lawn of the Ohio River Museum this Saturday, but do expect to have some good family fun.
The Welcome Back Carp event at the museum will begin with an egg hunt on the property at 601 Front St. at 10 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to search for plastic eggs with goodies inside as a prelude to a day full of fun events.
“We are trying to tie everything around the opening of the museum and also with Easter being so close,” said Le Ann Hendershot, director of the Campus Martius Museum.
The egg hunt will be free and immediately following there will be children’s activities inside the museum. Admission for the museum and to tour the W.P. Snyder will be half price for the day.
“Years ago they used to have the carp watch but that kind of faded and we decided to take a different route with this event,” Hendershot said.
Children will be able to participate in several activities inside the museum, including painting mussels, playing with a child-size dredge, digging through sand in the stream table and coloring fish.
Also inside the museum, visitors will be able to view a new exhibit and some old favorites.
The Capt. Cumberland W. Posey exhibit chronicles the life of a Belpre resident and black man who, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries became one of Pittsburgh’s success stories, owning and running several towboats, a bank and one of the first black baseball teams, which he bought for his son, Cumberland Jr., who can be seen in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Jeff Spear, vice president of the Friends of the Museums and president of the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen, will talk about Posey when he is guest speaker for Brown Baggin’ Through History on April 5.
“Posey was born in Maryland, his dad was a preacher, and he moved to Belpre when he was about 7,” Spear said. “He worked on the little ferry boat that went between Belpre and Parkersburg and eventually moved on to the Dick Henderson and then on to Pittsburgh. It’s a pretty amazing success story.”
Spear said that a rare tin type of the Dick Henderson will be on display and, if one looks closely, they might be able to see someone thought to be Posey standing on the deck.
The Brown Baggin’ events have been very successful, according to Hendershot.
“We usually have 30 to 40 people and this will be the first one at the River Museum,” she said.
The museum will open Saturday following the egg hunt, be closed Easter Sunday and will begin regular season hours on Monday.
Several events are planned for the season, including the second Inland Waterways Festival planned for August.
“We will be adding about 30 performers and things, so it’s really going to be something,” Hendershot said.
For a list of upcoming events at both the Ohio River and the Campus Martius Museums, visit campusmartiusmuseum.