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

    New Bedford Whaling

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Portraits of Port AHA! June 2013

The 1850s ladies, in period dress are seated at a picnic spread with fruits, vegetables and breads.
Join Ruth and Abby during AHA! and find out about food and recipes circa 1850.
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News Release Date: June 7, 2013
Contact: Emily Prigot, 508-996-4095 x6105

AHA! Night, Thursday, June 13 
1850s ladies chat about food and recipes 
New Bedford, Mass.— Who doesn’t like food?!? Explore foods and recipes of the 1850s on Thursday, June 13, for AHA! (Art, History & Architecture) night, as Ruth and Abby, the national park’s 1850s ladies, chat about their favorite dishes and family recipes. This month’s theme is Portraits of a Port. The event will take place from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Seamen’s Bethel, 15 Johnny Cake Hill in downtown New Bedford. As always, admission is free. 

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.

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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.