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On Friday February 22nd at 7:00 pm The Beacon Sloop Club's 2019 Winter Lecture Series continues with A Secret History of American River People, with Wes Modes presenting via Skype at the Scenic Hudson River Center, Long Dock Park, Beacon (Red Barn on the Beacon Waterfront).



A Secret History of American River People is a project to build a collection of personal stories of people who live and work on the river from the deck of a recreated mid-century shantyboat over a series of epic river voyages. The project examines the emerging crises facing current river communities dealing with economic displacement, gentrification, environmental degradation, and the effects of global climate change.

Project members make their way downriver in a rustic houseboat, built by the artists over two years, loosely based on designs from shantyboats in the 1940s, from largely recycled and reclaimed materials. Traveling on the river in an authentic shantyboat and taking the time to listen to people's stories makes this project unique. This participatory art project inspires deep wonder and connects meaningfully with people's personal histories.

The project attempts to preserve the currently endangered history of people who have long lived on and adjacent to the river with a multi-layered, project that includes a touring participatory art installation, a research archive, short and feature documentaries, and a series of books.

In 2018 the shanty barge travelled down the Hudson River, collecting stories at many of our local communities.

Wes Modes is a Santa Cruz artist focused on social practice, sculpture, performance and new media work. He has an MFA from the Digital Art and New Media program at UC Santa Cruz. He has exhibited his art and performed regionally since 1996. He is also a UCSC art lecturer and curator at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. In other lives, He is a high-tech runaway, writer, community organizer, geek, and mischief-maker.

This event is free and open to all. For more information visit our website www.beaconsloopclub.org or call (845) 463-4660, (914) 879-1082




The Beacon Sloop Club's 2019 Festival Vendor Application
The Beacon Sloop Club welcomes you to participate in our 2019 festival season! Our festivals raise funds for our educational sailing vessel "The Woody Guthrie" and help build a community of environmentally aware citizens.

Download the Letter & Application