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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

A Journey Home

Two weeks in Paducah and then a hellbent journey across…

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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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Secret History is largely a donation supported project and your…

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Gene Davidson

Gene Davidson owner of the Clifton Marina

We talked to Gene Davidson who owns the Clifton Marina.…

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Gene Lineberry

Glen Lineberry worked on towboats for 50 years

He worked for 40 years on line towboats that would…

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Tori Bailey of WZZA Soul Radio

We very nearly interviewed Tori Bailey, possibly the busiest person…

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Interview with Emma Lee Dean-Dyke Troup, openly trans woman in Florence AL

Emma Lee Dean-Dykes Troup, openly trans woman in small town Alabama

Interview with Emma Lee Dean-Dyke Troup, openly trans woman in…

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Interview with Bob & Annie Perry at Tuscumbia Landing. Bob is a Chickasaw elder and Annie is knowledgable about the history of the area

Bob Perry, Chickasaw elder and Annie Perry, knowledgable about the history of the area

Interview with Bob & Annie Perry at Tuscumbia Landing. Bob…

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An interview with artist Butch Anthony literally sitting in Cypress Creek

An interview with artist Butch Anthony literally sitting in Cypress Creek [AUDIO]

An interview with artist Butch Anthony literally sitting in Cypress…

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Join us for a Secret History exhibition at Kennedy Douglass…

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Shantyboat on the Tennessee River

Florence Courier-Journal: The River’s Life and People

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

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A Morning with Zachary Nelson [AUDIO]

We ran into Zach Nelson while we were docked at…

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Sonnie Hereford, Civil Rights Pioneer

We were fortunate to be able to talk to Sonnie…

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An Interview with the Arsenal Archaeologist

I had the opportunity to interview Ben Hoksbergen, archaeologist for…

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Doris Turner – What does the river mean to you? [VIDEO]

Excerpt from interview with Dorris Turner in Guntersville, Alabama along…

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TVA bans new floating homes, but allows existing homes to stay

Since the 1950s, floating homes on the water have been…

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Photo by Clay Duda.

Knoxville Mercury: Life Aboard the Shantyboat Dotty [SLIDESHOW]

Knoxville Mercury By Clay Duda

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An Hour of Cicadas [AUDIO]

Want to know what these warm summer nights sound like?…

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Gifts From Strangers

We are constantly overwhelmed by the generosity of strangers. We…

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Sam Houston and the Secret History of Hiwassee Island

He ran away from home and lived with an eccentric…

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The Problem with Large Boats

"Every year, boats are getting bigger and bigger." Numerous people…

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Knoxville, Tennessee

We are in beautiful Knoxville, Tennessee where the weather is…

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How You Make This Project Happen

I’ve already mentioned to you that the Secret History project…

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So Far So Good

As I type we are speeding down an Oklahoma highway…

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The Battle Against the Ever-Growing Ever-Multiplying ToDo List Monster

Oh god. Down to a matter of hours before we…

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Preparing the Shantyboat

We've been working like mad to get the boat ready…

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A Crazy Plan to Launch the Shantyboat in the Ocean [Video]

We launched in the Santa Cruz Harbor yesterday and pulled the boat…

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Kickstarter: Just a Few Days Left and Almost There

We are trying to raise $5580 before May 31st to…

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A Tangle of Wires, Shredded Tin, and a Descent Into Madness

Just a few weeks until we leave! Aaaa! Panic! Electrical…

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What the hell are we doing?

Well, there is some beer drinking, some power tool noises,…

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@justlikeharmony piloting the through very rough seas

Going Into the Third Year of This Successful Project

Thanks to you, the second year expedition of the Secret…

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