SPRINGFIELD — Learn more about a time when ferry boats connected neighbors separated by the Mighty Mo during a special presentation 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Springfield by award-winning videographer Craig Ernster of Yankton.

The Bon Homme Heritage Association of Tyndall and Springfield Historical Society invite the public to join Ernster at the Springfield Community Center beginning at 11 a.m. Oct. 5, when the researcher will share progress of his documentary, “South Dakota Sternwheelers” which takes viewers on a journey along the Missouri River of South Dakota discovering the ferry boats of days past.

Through interviews, photos, and video, Ernster takes viewers on a trip learning about the ferry, the people who operated the vessels and the area where the boats provided cross river transportation. Ferry boats provided cross-river transportation at places like Springfield, Running Water, Santee and Niobrara.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be time for questions and comments following the video presentation. Ernster asks attendees to bring any ferry-related photos or documents as he continues to expand the story with release of the documentary expected next year. He is looking to digitally scan these potential contributions to the story, enabling the public to keep their original documents. Ernster invites the public to provide feedback and comments to help tell the story.

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