“Secret History of American River People” with Artist/Director Wes Modes

Join Morven Museum for a virtual evening with Wes Modes to reveal “A Secret History of American River People” on Thursday, October 28 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10-15 and can be purchased online at https://bit.ly/3ETY44D. 

The painter and ornithologist Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh lived and painted in a rustic houseboat along the shores of the Scow Ditch in Bay Head, New Jersey. For more than a century, shantyboat communities sprung up in industrial towns and out-of-the-way rural areas on rivers and lakes all over the continent. 

Join Morven for a virtual evening with Artist/Director/University of California Lecturer Wes Modes for a presentation and discussion of his “A Secret History of American River People,” which explores the stories of people who live and work in river communities from the deck of a re-created mid-century shantyboat over a series of epic river voyages. Participants will explore the long history of shantyboats in America and research from the project. 

For questions, visit morven.org or call 609.924.8144 ext. 103.