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

    New Bedford Whaling

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Napua O'Polynesian

5 young Polynesian women in red and yellow traditional garb

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

Polynesian Music and Dance at National Park's Thursday Evenings in the Park Series

New Bedford, Mass. — The 2013 Thursdays in the Park Concert Series continues its weekly summer series with a performance of Polynesian and island music and dance featuring Napua O'Polynesia.The free concert takes place Thursday, July 25th from 6:30-7:15 in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park garden (33 William Street). In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved indoors. The Thursday Evenings in the Park concerts take place each week during the summer, with the last concert taking place on August 29.

 

Based in Rhode Island, Napua O' Polynesia was founded in 1988 by artistic director Carolyn Castro. Performing at various events throughout the New England area, the dancers, drummers, & musicians bring you on a cultural tour of the Polynesian Islands of Hawaii and New Zealand, as well as Tahiti and the Philippines. Troupe members have competed three times at the International Hula Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii. Performances include Kahiko (Ancient) and Modern hula.

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-3 PM. 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?

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.