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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Preller Houseboat Display

We recently took a road trip to travel to Bentonville Arkansas, a couple of hours from Tulsa.  We toured a Victorian Mansion called the Peel Mansion and they had a great display about the Preller family.  The display was called House of Light.


Hugo and Gayne Preller lived in a houseboat/photography studio and traveled up and down the Mississippi River.  The museum had a miniature replica of the studio along with a display including several copies the original photos documenting life along the Mississippi River around the turn of the century.  Mrs Preller was one of the first female photographers.


Here is a photo of the actual houseboat


The Preller's also collected, painted and sold shells to help make ends meet.  
Below are a few photos of the model of the houseboat.  It was build at 1:12 scale







This large room on the end was the actual photo studio.  The display was a great glimpse of life along the Mississippi Delta.  Rumor has it that there may be a movie in the works about the families adventures.


7 comments:

  1. Wow! Preller's family settled pretty comfortably. For me, thoughts about life on the river are associated with small, tight cabins, and they had quite a comfortable home. Thank you for the story and the photo!

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  2. NICE! Both the story and the display.

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  3. Una casa flotante preciosa,los Preller han sido muy afortunados,los espacios son realmente bonitos!!!
    Gracias por las fotos y la historia.
    Besos.

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  4. Fascinating! I went straight to google to read about the Prellers. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Hello Troy,
    What a great exhibit. thank you for sharing the pictures.
    Big hug
    Giac

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  6. Hello, Troy - What an interesting life style! I don't much like regular boats, but I've always thought it would be great to spend time on a houseboat. Theirs seems to have been very comfortable - and with so many windows, it would have been a "House of Light." Such a nice display. Thank you.
    Marjorie

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  7. Una maravilla de casa flotante. Gracias por las imágenes y la historia. Un beso

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