A presentation about Secret History

Want to support a newly launched series of virtual experiences and lectures and at the same time learn some of the details of my research on the rivers?

I gave a presentation on June 5th, 2020 introducing the project and discussing my research. We concluded with a tour of the shantyboat and Q&A.

Watch the entire presentation:


“A rustic recreated mid-century shantyboat, a series of daring river voyages, and a meticulous archive of river stories are all part of a compelling art and history project, “A Secret History of American River People.” The journeys are part of a larger effort that spans many years and covers multiple rivers. Artist Wes Modes will examine the issues currently and historically faced by people living and working on American rivers and lead a live tour of the project shantyboat.”


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