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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.


  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!

  2. NICE! Both the story and the display.

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

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

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

  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.

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