That Was Weird: Rediscovering The River [AUDIO]

Join Archives & Collections Catalyst, Marla Novo, and Abbott Square Music Coordinator, Gabriel Kittle-Cervine, for ‘That Was Weird: Stories from Santa Cruz’, a fresh take on Santa Cruz History with the MAH’s first ever podcast.

This month, we sat down with Wes Modes, a local artist, activist, and community member with a great care and respect for the natural splendor of rivers, as well as the rich histories associated with living on rivers all over the country. Wes’ primary art research project is A Secret History of American River People, a project to build a collection of personal stories of people who live and work on the river over a series of epic river voyages from the deck of a recreated 1940s-era shantyboat. The project hopes to encourage an awareness of the issues facing current river communities, the long history of people who have lived on and adjacent to the river, and an understanding of river ecology. He has also worked on collecting stories from locals about their experiences living next to the San Lorenzo river.

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