I’ve never met Wes Modes, but I’d sure like to. I’ve spent some time on his site, with his writing, his pictures, and just now, his video. What I get from it all is this is one creative soul worth supporting. He has the shantyboat bug, and he has the creative vision to share it all with us. Let’s support this project of his. If you are an armchair shantyboater, bless you, aren’t we all… join me in supporting him and you’ll get some great material to read/view for the next few months to come. If you are like me and have similar dreams, heck, let’s support Wes and learn what works and what doesn’t! And if you are none of the above, let’s simply do it as our small bit in support of the arts.
Would you have supported Harlen Hubbard? It’s too late for us now, but his spirit can be found in Wes. I am sure Wes will be going on more trips next year. I’ll alert you when his site is open for donations.
Watch this video. What a little bit of magic it is. If this doesn’t make you want to get out in a shantyboat or at least support his shantyboat dream, you don’t have the shantyboat bug. I’ll try to embed it here, though it is being a challenge:
As Wes says on his Kickstarter page:
“The project will present these personal narratives through audio, video, and digital media, posting snippets and highlights from the river enroute.
In the first stage of the project, I’m launching the shantyboat in Minneapolis, Minnesota in July. We’ll be gathering and presenting the narratives of lost river communities on an archetypal American journey on the Upper Mississippi River.
This Kickstarter campaign is critical for launching the Secret History expedition. It will help pay for final outfitting of the shantyboat and transporting it across country. It will make sure we have decent audio-video equipment to record our interviews in the river communities we visit.
Thanks for helping support the project.
Visit the Secret History website at peoplesriverhistory.us“
Originally posted 2015-07-08 07:39:27.