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An epic journey in a mid-century shantyboat on the historic Ohio River to gather the vanishing stories of river people.
118 backers pledged $6,167 to help bring this project to life.
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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1

    Get Updates From the Expedition

    While we are on the river, we post scores of photos and mini-stories and at least a half-dozen blog posts. You will get updates in your email of any blogs we post and instructions on following us via Insta, Facebook, and Twitter.

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    Outfit the Shantyboat Dotty

    Take your modest contribution plus one of the many things we need for the trip from our wishlist at peoplesriverhistory.us/wishlist and have it sent straight to us! We will name it after you, send you a personal thank you, and email you a photo of it installed in the shantyboat.

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    • Send us something from our wishlist
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    Your Art in the Shantyboat Gallery

    In case you didn't know, the Shantyboat Dotty has an art gallery in the head on the back porch. In this diminutive gallery, we have art from all over the world. If you send us a postcard-sized artwork before we leave for the Ohio, we will hang it in the gallery where it will be seen by hundreds of people who visit the project.

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    • You send us your postcard-sized art
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    Video Selfie From the River

    We will send you a personalized video selfie from the deck of the shantyboat on the Ohio River. Maybe we will be drinking, or making breakfast, or fighting wind and waves. For one delicious moment, you will be with us on the river. We will text it directly to your phone where you can then post it to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #shantyboat for total bragging rights. $25 gets us 6 miles closer to our launch in Pittsburgh or 70 miles down the Ohio River.

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    A Hand-Scrawled Drunk Postcard

    This continues to be our most popular reward. We will write you a postcard while we are drunk and traveling on the river. All those hard days of boating and interviewing and long summer evenings of river living. We will drunkenly tell you all about the stuff we'd never tell you when we were sober. (If you'd prefer a sober postcard, totally possible. Just add that to your comments when you fill out the survey.) $35 gets us nearly 9 miles closer to our launch in Pittsburgh or 100 miles down the Ohio River.

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    • A postcard sent via snail mail
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    Classic Secret History Black Tee

    People love this shirt and I see it turn up in photos and at events. This is the only place you can get it. A reprint of this gorgeous black t-shirt made by Jake Simowitz from his shanytboat woodcut print comes in a variety of sizes on quality fitted American Apparel-style Tees. See photo in rewards to the left. $45 gets Shantyboat Dotty almost two miles down the Ohio River. $45 pays for food for a couple of days on the Shantyboat. $45 gets us 10 miles closer to our Pittsburgh launch or 130 miles downriver.

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    • Classic Black Secret History T-Shirt
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    Very Last-Chance Secret History Poster

    Amazingly we still have a few of these beautiful silkscreened posters made by artist Jake Simowitz. A large print (24" x 16") of his woodcut for the project on beautiful sturdy paper. Really this is one of the most beautiful posters you ever seen. We are lucky to have them. See photo in rewards to the left. $75 gets us 18 miles down the road to the Ohio River.

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    • Silkscreened Jake Simowitz Woodcut Poster
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    Permanent Thanks and a T-Shirt

    You’re not doing it for the reward or for the glory, but we are tremendously grateful for your support and want to highlight your generosity. Plus we will send you a classic black Secret History T-Shirt. $200 pays for a fifth of our motor maintenance or nearly 50 miles toward our launch in Pittsburgh.

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    Permanent Thanks and a Poster

    You’re not doing it for the reward or for the glory, but we are tremendously grateful for your support and want to highlight your generosity. Plus we will send you a Secret History poster. $230 gets us 55 miles down the road or pays for nearly 1/4 of our motor maintenance.

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    All. The. Things. Plus the brass plaque.

    Let's be honest, you just want to support the project. And you may not ever care about a reward. But we want to show our tremendous appreciation. We will etch a BRASS PLAQUE WITH YOUR NAME that will be installed on the shantyboat so you can go with us everywhere. Plus we will send you all the things: A postcard, a video selfie from the river, a poster, a shirt, and a permanent thanks on our website. $500 pays for a third of the work on the shantyboat before our trip.

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    • A postcard sent via snail mail
    • Blog and Social Media Updates
    • Classic Black Secret History T-Shirt
    • Silkscreened Jake Simowitz Woodcut Poster
    • Video selfie from the Ohio River
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