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Recording a Vanishing World: Harlan Hubbard and Shantyboat Culture

Thursday, January 17, 2019: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Venue: The Filson Historical Society

Add To Calendar   17/01/2019 18:00:00 17/01/2019 19:00:00 America/Atikokan Recording a Vanishing World: Harlan Hubbard and Shantyboat Culture Thursday, January 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Jessica Whitehead will discuss Hubbard's uniquely personal perspective on shantyboat culture in the Kentuckiana area. The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South 3rd Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40208 The Filson Historical Society info@filsonhistorical.org false DD/MM/YYYY


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The work of Kentucky-based writer, artist, and naturalist Harlan Hubbard remains a vital resource to those interested in understanding Ohio Valley river culture. Along with his wife, Anna, Harlan made the acquaintance of many river folk over the course of his life and left us delightful written and artistic accounts of his encounters, friendships, and observations throughout his many journals and sketchbooks. The Hubbards held tightly to the ethos of the river denizens, and, though the Ohio River shantyboat culture was by then a shadow of its former, bustling self, Harlan managed to carry on its people's stories in his own life and work. In Recording a Vanishing World, Jessica Whitehead will discuss Hubbard's uniquely personal perspective on shantyboat culture in the Kentuckiana area and how his legacy helps us reconstruct a world that has largely passed into memory. Jessica Whitehead is an independent curator and author, specializing in the work of Harlan Hubbard. She has curated several shows of Harlan's artwork, including: Kentuckiana Sublime: New Perspectives on Nature from 2013 at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and That Wild Life: The Woodcuts of Harlan Hubbard from 2018 at the Louisville Grows Healthy House Gallery. Whitehead's first book, on Harlan's watercolors, is expected to be published in 2020 by The University Press of Kentucky.
Recording a Vanishing World: Harlan Hubbard and Shantyboat Culture

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