• Historic buildings and the waterfront in New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford Whaling

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

A Voyage to Health

Introductory panel from A Voyage To Health exhibit

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News Release Date: July 23, 2013
Contact: Emily G. Prigot, 508-996-4095 x 6105

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is currently hosting "A Voyage to Health," a traveling exhibit developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine. This six-panel exhibit explores the recent revival of the ancient arts of navigation and voyaging that first brought the people of Hawai'i to their island homes. The Hokulea, a native people of Hawai'i, have embarked on a seven-year journey in traditional canoes around the world to reacquaint themselves with the traditional ways of navigation and to seek ways to restore the collective soul of the people."A Voyage to Health" will be on display in the National Park visitor center from July 15 through August 24, 2013, and is free and open to the public. The park visitor center is located at 33 William St., New Bedford, MA. For more information on their voyage, go to www.hokulea.org.

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America's nineteenth century whaling industry.The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States.The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open seven days a week, from 9 AM-5 PM, and offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-4 PM.The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge.For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to www.nps.gov/nebe, or visit the park's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NBWNHP.

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Did You Know?

Crew members at sea

By the 1840s, black sailors constituted about one-sixth of the labor force; and by 1900, West Indians, Azoreans, and Cape Verdeans had become a majority.