Sultana Disaster Museum Conceptual Design

Telling the Human Story of the Greatest Maritime Disaster in United States History

“The Titanic of the Mississippi”
– Clive Cussler, award-winning author and historian

“One of the ten greatest ‘forgotten’ events in American history”
– Andrew Carroll, New York Times best selling author

The Sultana indeed is one of the greatest 'forgotten' events in American History. But YOU can help that change!

The purpose of the Sultana Disaster Museum is to tell the human story of the disaster that occurred on April 27th, 1865, and the events that led up to it.  It is our commitment to telling the whole story of the greatest maritime disaster in United States History.  We also present the stories of the 2,400 passengers which including 2,200 just released union soldier prisoners of war released from Andersonville and Cahaba prisoner camps of the south at the end of the Civil War.


The event and the aftermath were a tragedy in many ways, not just the explosion of a steamboat. There is a reason the Sultana Disaster has been  featured as one of the 10 greatest 'forgotten' events in American History on The Travel Channel's "Mysteries At The Museum",  PBS's "History Detectives", a 1 hour documentary on The History Channel and a 90 minute documentary titled "Remember The Sultana", produced by Mike and Mark Marshall and Narrated by the actor Sean Astin featured on Amazon Prime Movies (Seen Below.) 

The purpose of this GoFundMe is to aid in the initial design of a $4 million dollar project to build a new Sultana Disaster Museum by preserving and retasking a historic building located in Marion, Arkansas (pictured below) near the site of the wreckage and final resting places of the Sultana and its' passengers.

The House of Representatives of the United States has officially acknowledged the magnitude and importance of the Sultana Disaster by congressional Resolution as the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Several states have also officially acknowledged the magnitude of the event and commemorated their states' soldiers aboard her.  The temporary museum (seen above) has been visited by guests of all 50 states and 8 foreign countries in less than 4 years.

This effort will replace the temporary museum with a newly designed 15,000 SQ FT museum that will tell the entire story of this long-forgotten tragedy. 

Please help save the story of the Sultana, lost for 130 years. It is a story even more broad and incredible than the Titanic. Do not allow this piece of American history to be lost again.

Donors of more than $100 will receive a FREE membership to the Sultana Disaster Museum. 

Any donator contributing $250 or more will receive a Benefactor's Gift Box.  

For more information on the current museum:

Visit the Museum Website 
  • Carol Lundquist 
    • $30 
    • 30 mos
  • Dorothy Gouzoules 
    • $100 
    • 30 mos
  • daryl bortel 
    • $25 
    • 30 mos
  • Caryl Osborn 
    • $45 
    • 30 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $500 
    • 30 mos
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Fundraising team: Sultana Officers (2)

Louis Intres 
Raised $1,950 from 6 donations
Marion, AR
Sultana Historical Preservation Society Inc 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
Louis Intres 
Team member