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

    New Bedford Whaling

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

City Views AHA! Night May 9, 2013

Mid-1800s man in period dress seated next to an early camera on a tripod.
Photography in the 1800s.

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News Release Date: April 25, 2013
Contact: Emily Prigot, 508-996-4095 x6105

1850s Ladies Chat About Bierstadt Boys   

New Bedford, Mass.- Who were the Bierstadt Boys? Find out on Thursday, May 9, AHA! (Art, History & Architecture) night, as Ruth and Abby, the national park's 1850s ladies, share views of early New Bedford and their friends the Bierstadt Boys, well known for their contributions to pictorial history and the art world. This month's theme is City Views. The event will take place from 6:00-8:00 PM at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park's visitor center, 33 William Street 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.  


Did You Know?

Arrival of a party from Norfolk Virginia at League Island. Some members of this party wound up in New Bedford.

Between 1840 and 1860 some 300-700 escaped slaves were living in New Bedford. Frederick Douglass was among those who found freedom in New Bedford. He arrived in 1838 after escaping from Baltimore carrying another sailor's protection papers.