AHA! March in Motion
Contact: Emily Prigot, 508-996-4095 x6105
Make pinwheels with Abby, one of the 1850s ladies
New Bedford, Mass.- What in the world is a whirligig? It's an object that spins or whirls, or has at least one part that spins or whirls. It is also known as a pinwheel. Pinwheels can be used as toys and also as simple machines. Find out more about this amazing little invention and make a pinwheel of your own on Thursday, March 14, on AHA! (Art, History, Architecture) night at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. This month's theme is March in Motion. Join Abby, one of the national park's 1850s ladies, from 6:00-8:00 PM, to create a pinwheel of your own. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park's visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. As always, admission is free.
Celebrate March in Motion by picking up one of the park's free Burn While You Learn maps. You can explore New Bedford's history while you burn calories. The maps are free, and available at the visitor center front desk.
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, or visit the park's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NBWNHP.
Did You Know?
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.