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Gallipolis Daily Tribune: Shantyboaters seek river people secrets - Gallipolis Daily Tribuneby Dean Wright GALLIPOLIS — A trio of shantyboaters landed in Gallipolis Tuesday to speak with locals about the life and culture of the region as they continued a journey from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and on through Louisville, Kentucky, on the Ohio River. Jeremiah Daniels, Wes Modes and Adrian Nankivell are three companions floating…
Clutch MOV: A Secret History of American River People - Clutch MOVby Sarah Arnold Though once abundant along the shores of the Ohio River, shantyboats are no longer a common sight. These small, crude houseboats were often built and lived in by itinerant workers, miners, dockworkers, and displaced agricultural workers during the late 19th century and into the 1940s, but largely disappeared from river life after…
Marietta Times: Shantyboat historian spends time in Marietta - "It is so cool to be in that space, gathering that storytelling,” she said. “I knew a tiny bit about it before this, from the exhibit at the Ohio River Museum. It makes you realize that the river at one time was just thick with boats like that.”
A shantyboat trip down the Ohio [VIDEO] - This video was created by the talented Post-Gazette staff photographer Andrew Rush. Andrew and Post-Gazette reporter Christian Snyder joined us for a remarkable day on the river. Related Posts Marietta Times: Artist will stop in Marietta on Ohio River journey Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Collecting, making history on the Ohio River Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: California artist will capture…
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Collecting, making history on the Ohio River - Pittsburgh Post-Gazetteby Christian Snyder When Wes Modes arrived in Pittsburgh, it had been raining nearly every day. But by the time Modes’ homemade shantyboat dips into the water Tuesday, the summer sun shines with a blinding glare. Dotty, as the shantyboat is called, is parked at the Brilliant Boat Club on the Allegheny River in…
WTRF: “Shanty Boat” sails away today in Moundsville - According to Wes Modes, the project hopes to uncover the social and economic impacts that river people have had on their local communities and beyond.
Wheeling News-Register: California researcher travels Ohio River in shantyboat to learn about river life - The Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Registerby Mike Jones WHEELING, W.Va. – Wes Modes was stunned by the scenic beauty of the Ohio River as he floated down the waterway in his shantyboat this week on the first leg of a 600-mile voyage from Pittsburgh to Louisville as he collects personal stories from “river people” along the way.…
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: California artist will capture life on the Ohio River in a homemade shantyboat - Pittsburgh Post-Gazetteby Christian Snyder Backyards tell stories, Wes Modes says, and Modes is willing to listen while floating by on what looks like a hut on a raft. On Wednesday, the California-based artist will set off on a shantyboat from the head of the Ohio River to explore the communities along the more than 950-mile…
Marietta Times: Artist will stop in Marietta on Ohio River journey - The culture of people who have grown up and lived on the banks of America’s great rivers has largely been left out of history, and Wes Modes has set out to share them.
Insider Louisville: Exhibit on America’s river heritage finds berth at Portland Museum - Ahead of a shantyboat trip down the Ohio River this summer, California artist Wes Modes will open a window onto the history and culture of the nation’s rivers on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Portland Museum.

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Gathering the Untold Stories of Vanishing Hudson River People - A rustic recreated mid-century shanty boat, a daring river voyage on New York’s historic Hudson River, 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…
A Secret History of American River People in Sacramento - The Sacramento History Museum is proud to present a compelling new exhibit titled A Secret History of American River People opening on Saturday, July 1, 2017. The special art and history project is part of a larger effort that spans many years and covers multiple rivers.
Artist on Tennessee River Journey to Gather Stories - California artist collecting stories of river people HI-RES PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Click Here A rustic recreated 1940s shantyboat, a daring river voyage, and a meticulous archive of river stories are all part of a multi-year art and history project, A Secret History of American River People. Santa Cruz artist Wes Modes is currently floating his homemade…
California Artist Launches Tennessee River Expedition on Homemade Shantyboat - Artist raising funds for journey to collect stories of river people. A rustic recreated 1940s shantyboat, a daring river voyage, and a meticulous archive of river stories are all part of a multi-year art and history project, A Secret History of American River People. Santa Cruz artist Wes Modes is fundraising for this year's expedition on the historic Tennessee River.

 

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