Dont Throw It Away with the 1850s Ladies
Contact: Emily G. Prigot, 508-996-4095 x 6105
The idea of recycling may seem very 21st century, but the idea of not wasting useful materials was common in the 19th century. Join Ruth and Abby, the national park’s 1850s ladies on AHA! (Art, History, Architecture) night for “Don't Throw It Away: How to find a second life for items that you might otherwise throw away. AHA!’s theme for this month is Sustainable Southcoast. This event takes place on Thursday, April 10,from 6:00-8:00 PM, at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s visitor center, 33 William Street, downtown New Bedford. As always, the event is open to all, and admission is free. For more information about AHA! night, go to http://www.ahanewbedford.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 http://www.facebook.com/NBWNHP.
Did You Know?
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.