Join us in Paducah Kentucky for a two week long series of Secret History events. Aug 27 Open House at the Farmer's Market, Aug 30 6pm Artist Talk at the McCracken County Public Library, Sep 3 Open House at the Farmer's Market and 3pm gallery talk at the River Discovery Center. Other events and exhibits TBA

Two Weeks in Paducah, Kentucky

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Tribune-Courier: Floating Artist

In general, when people are posed with the question, ‘What…

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Shantyboat home in Felton California. Benzy has to lift the telephone wires on the little road up to where the shantyboat nestles in the redwoods

Shantyboat home in Felton California

Shantyboat home in Felton California. Benzy has to lift the…

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Shantyboat in the Paducah Labor Day Parade. Nathan Lynn playing banjo while Wes tries to make banjo sounds that are not too disharmonious. Photo by Mitch Kimball

Shantyboat in the Paducah Labor Day Parade

Shantyboat in the Paducah Labor Day Parade. Nathan Lynn playing…

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Lowertown Sunday kiln firing with Mitch Kimball

Lowertown Paducah kiln firing

Lowertown Sunday kiln firing with Mitch Kimball

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Looking through the Mary Wheeler collection at the McCracken County Library

Looking through the Mary Wheeler collection at the Paducah Library

Looking through the Mary Wheeler collection at the McCracken County…

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Busy day at Secret History open house

Busy day at Secret History open house

Busy day at Secret History open house

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Secret History talk at River Discovery Center, Paducah

Secret History talk at River Discovery Center, Paducah

Secret History talk at River Discovery Center, Paducah

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Rev Kempton Baldridge one of a few chaplains for more than 4000 towboats and riverboats on American Rivers

Rev Kempton Baldridge one of a few chaplains for more than 4000 towboats

Rev Kempton Baldridge one of a few chaplains for more…

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Shantyboat On display today and tomorrow. Open House 10-2pm Saturday at the River Discovery Museum on Water St in Paducah

Shantyboat On display

Shantyboat On display today and tomorrow. Open House 10-2pm Saturday…

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Bruce Walker king of the bar-b-Que in north Paducah at A&J's BBQ. We had a great conversation about the neighborhood and then he made the most delectable ribs I've had all year

Bruce Walker king of the bar-b-Que in north Paducah

Bruce Walker king of the bar-b-Que in north Paducah at…

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Secret History shantyboat visits the American Queen at Port of Paducah

Paduca Sun: Artist-in-residence Modes slated to discuss journey of shantyboat

Paducah Arts Alliance artist-in-residence Wes Modes and his 1940s-era shantyboat…

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David Nickell talks about his family history in the Land Between the Rivers, an intense story of government betrayal and intrigue

David Nickell talks about his family history in the Land Between the Rivers

David Nickell talks about his family history in the Land…

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Maryman Kemp founder of Maryman House, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence. Interview in Anita's garden

Maryman Kemp founder of Maryman House

Maryman Kemp founder of Maryman House, a shelter for survivors…

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An afternoon by the river on the shantyboat.

An afternoon by the river on the shantyboat.

An afternoon by the river on the shantyboat.

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Louie Kirchhoff who has lived in Paducah for 75 years, much of the time running his families bakery on 2nd Street since 1873

Louie Kirchhoff baker in Paducah for 75 years

Louie Kirchhoff who has lived in Paducah for 75 years,…

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Nathan Blake Lynn, musician, historian, and amateur folk musicologist. Interview at Paducah riverfront at dawn

Nathan Blake Lynn, musician, historian, and amateur folk musicologist

Nathan Blake Lynn, musician, historian, and amateur folk musicologist. Interview…

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Shantyboat at Paducah Farmers Market

Shantyboat at Paducah Farmers Market

Shantyboat at Paducah Farmers Market

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African glass beads at Melanie and Erileigh's stall at the Paducah Farmers Market. So much good stuff, fresh veggies and fruit. Shantyboat parked at edge of market

African glass beads at the Paducah Farmers Market

African glass beads at Melanie and Erileigh's stall at the…

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Anita Stamper, our generous host at the beautiful Mav House

Anita Stamper, our generous host at the beautiful Mav House

Anita Stamper, our generous host at the beautiful Mav House

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Capt Ron Gray Jr of the American Queen meets the captain of the Shantyboat Dotty

Capt Ron Gray Jr of the American Queen meets the captain of the Shantyboat Dotty

Capt Ron Gray Jr of the American Queen meets the…

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Secret History shantyboat visits the American Queen at Port of Paducah

Secret History shantyboat visits the American Queen at Port of Paducah

Secret History shantyboat visits the American Queen at Port of…

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Artist Wes Modes aboard the shantyboat Dotty, floating down the Tennessee River this summer as part of Modes' oral history project "A Secret History of American River People." (Dennis Pillion | dpillion@al.com)

AL.com: On a shantyboat in Alabama, nights are hot, food is good and stories flow

Smack dab in the middle of the Tennessee River, between…

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Paducah WPSD: Secret History of River People coming to Paducah

The River Discovery Center in Paducah will host an exhibit…

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Secret History installation at the River Discovery Center in Paducah

Secret History installation at the River Discovery Center in Paducah

Secret History installation at the River Discovery Center in Paducah

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Shantyboat seen through the windows of the Founder's Room at the River Discovery Center in Paducah where the Secret History installation will be for the next two weeks

Shantyboat from Founder’s Room at the River Discovery Center

Shantyboat seen through the windows of the Founder's Room at…

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West Kentucky Star: Artist Concludes Daring River Voyage in Paducah

A rustic recreated 1940s shanty boat, a daring river voyage,…

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Age reels in a whopper

Age reels in a whopper

Age reels in a whopper

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My favorite Secret History paparazzi photo. Back from the Benzy as ships mate days

My favorite Secret History paparazzi photo

My favorite Secret History paparazzi photo. Back from the Benzy…

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Adrian playing dress up. He already had the radio on so we could listen to radio chatter as they blew up a major highway span we were crossing under. Thanks to friends in Guntersville for the sweet patches

Adrian playing dress up

Adrian playing dress up. He already had the radio on…

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Captain and two ships mates, Age and Penske, arrive after trials and tribulations at Kenlake Marina

Captain and two ships mates, Age and Penske, arrive after trials and tribulations at Kenlake Marina

Captain and two ships mates, Age and Penske, arrive after…

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Oh no! We lost the rest of Freddie's transmission in the middle of Lake Kentucky

Oh no! Freddie’s transmission died in the middle of Lake Kentucky

Oh no! We lost the rest of Freddie's transmission in…

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