Haverstraw Riverwide Arts and the Haverstraw Brick Museum & Center for Historic Preservation are hosting a free arts/history project, “A Secret History of American River People” 7/20-7/21 in Emeline Park 16 Front St, Haverstraw, NY. Join Santa Cruz artist @wmodes on a rustic recreated mid-century shanty boat, on New York's historic Hudson River, as he tells river stories about the issues currently and historically faced by people living and working on American rivers.
The project has exhibited nationwide in conjunction with expeditions on the Mississippi, Tennessee and Sacramento Rivers. Now in the fifth year of the project, Wes has already traveled more than 1,250 river miles on the shanty boat and talked with thousands of people about the river before beginning his next journey on the Hudson River.
This summer, in conjunction with a major exhibition at WhiteBox Art Space in New York's Lower East Side, the artist will be floating his homemade houseboat on the historic Hudson River.
Modes seeks out people whose stories are not typically part of the historical record. "I talk to poor and working folk and people who grew up along the River and worked in vanished industry. I seek out the stories of the first people on the continent and people living in Black and Latinx communities. I try to find our elders who grew up here and remember a different time and a different river."
Visit the project's extensive collection of stories and photos at http://peoplesriverhistory.us/
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