OLLI Wednesday Presentation- Pearls of the Wabash

OLLI Wednesday Presentation- Pearls of the Wabash

Event Type



Chestnut Building Room 107




(812) 237-2336


Pearls of the Wabash
With Fred Nation, Executive Director of the Swope Art Museum and Member of Riverscape

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Time: 1:30 - 3 PM
Place: ISU, Chestnut Building Room 107
Cost: Free

Many species of mussels were plentiful in the Wabash River at the end of the 19th century when it was discovered they could be used to make buttons for the new, ready-to-wear clothing industry. Freshwater mussel shells were a cheaper and higher quality source than saltwater shells. This discovery led hundreds of local river-town residents to become part of the mussel industry. Join Fred Nation for a look at the significance of the mussel industry in bygone Indiana.