: This is an artist's rendering of the "Floating Bethel," a riverboat that served as a chapel for Reverend George T. Clayton. In 1894, Clayton built a chapel and living quarters on a small barge. He floated down river from Pittsburgh to Moundsville, West Virginia, using singers on the barge to attract attention to his preaching. The Floating Bethel burned down in 1898. A note on the reverse reads "Brats - Union Bethel- Floating Bethel, Cincinnati Ohio."
This photograph is one of the many visual materials collected for use in the Ohio Guide. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration by executive order to create jobs for the large numbers of unemployed laborers, as well as artists, musicians, actors, and writers. The Federal Arts Program, a sector of the Works Progress Administration, included the Federal Writers’ Project, one of the primary goals of which was to complete the America Guide series, a series of guidebooks for each state which included state history, art, architecture, music, literature, and points of interest to the major cities and tours throughout the state. Work on the Ohio Guide began in 1935 with the publication of several pamphlets and brochures. The Reorganization Act of 1939 consolidated the Works Progress Administration and other agencies into the Federal Works Administration, and the Federal Writers’ Project became the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio. The final product was published in 1940 and went through several editions. The Ohio Guide Collection consists of 4,769 photographs collected for use in Ohio Guide and other publications of the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio from 1935-1939. View on Ohio Memory.
: SA1039AV_B12F01_003_001 Subjects
: Riverboats; Boats and boating--Ohio; Transportation--Ohio--History.; Boat & ship industry; Ohio--History--Pictorial works; Federal Writers' Project Places
: Bethel (Ohio); Clermont County (Ohio)