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A River Playlist [AUDIO]

A music playlist that you can use as the moody…

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Secret History Lyrical Trailer [VIDEO]

The Secret History lyrical trailer from the talented Lauren Kincaid-Filbey…

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Great rewards – Check out the Kickstarter

The work we do with the Secret History of American…

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How shantyboats helped build a culture [VIDEO]

A great video about the project by Kirsten Dirksen “I…

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Outfit the Shantyboat

As part of our upcoming fundraiser to support our summer…

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Ask Me Anything!

We did a Reddit AMA. We've done AMAs in 2014…

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Looking Back at the War Against the Dakota People in Minnesota [AUDIO]

I was reminded of these interviews recently, and how little…

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People ask all the time about how the shantyboat was built

Now, all of the shantyboat build process is available on…

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Freddie’s Dead

You may remember that our 1978 20 hp Mercury outboard…

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This Summer’s Expedition on the Sacramento River

In previous years, Modes has exhibited the project in the…

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A Journey Home

Two weeks in Paducah and then a hellbent journey across…

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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 owner of the Clifton Marina

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

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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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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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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 [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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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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Knoxville Mercury: Life Aboard the Shantyboat Dotty [SLIDESHOW]

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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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