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September 12, 2014
New Bedford Whaling NHP Receives 2014 Park Stewards Grant
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is one of 28 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Park Stewards grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

September 06, 2014
Dock U Mentaries to Feature Home Movies from Fishing Families
Sept Dock U Mentaries to feature home movies

September 02, 2014
1850s ladies share recipes for AHA night
Ruth and Abby share recipes on AHA! night

August 28, 2014
Story Hour to return to the park
Story hour with Jackson Gillman returns to the park on Friday mornings

August 22, 2014
Sharks Come Cruisin to play Sea Shantey Punk concert
Sharks Come Cruisin' play Thursday concert series in the park garden

August 19, 2014
Native American Music in Park Garden
Nettukkusqk Singers offer concert of Native American songs in park garden, as part of Thursday evening concert series.

August 12, 2014
AHA night to feature 1850s ladies and music
AHA! night: Ruth and Abby, the park's 1850s ladies offer a garden party at Custom House Square; maritime music in the park garden

August 07, 2014
Deb Cowan sings maritime ballads in garden
Debra Cowan to play maritime ballads in park garden; Thurs. evening concert series

August 02, 2014
Maritime Music in Park Garden
Marieke Slovin plays maritime music in park garden as part of Thurs. evening concert series

July 24, 2014
Cape Verdean Reggae concert in park garden
Afrika Rainbow to play Cape Verdean reggae in park garden for Thurs eve. concert series

July 16, 2014
Maritime Music with group Crabgrass
Crabgrass to play park garden

July 16, 2014
Songs of the Sea with Jim McGrath
concert in the garden with jim mcgrath

July 12, 2014
Dock U Mentaries film series
Dock U Mentaries film series continues on July 18 2014

July 11, 2014
Thursday Night Concerts in the Park Series
Thursday evening concerts in the garden

July 09, 2014
Ocean Day to kick-off New B Under the Sea Campaign
Thousands of whaling voyages sailed around the world from New Bedford, but only one whaleship, the Charles W. Morgan, remains above water. Much of New Bedford’s whaling history is still hidden beneath the sea. On Monday, July 14, children and adults alike can celebrate their love of the ocean, discover the exciting world of underwater exploration, and add their voice to the “New B Under the Sea” campaign.

July 08, 2014
YAP group featured for AHA night
YAP! to perform in the park garden, followed by DJ spinning music to dance to. Ruth and Abby , the 1850s ladies, offer a craft activity.

June 24, 2014
National Park’s Junior Ranger Service Corps Receives Regional Award
Junior Ranger Service Corps receives Hartzog award

June 19, 2014
Dock U Mentaries film series to screen Core Sounders
Film explores challenges facing a working waterfront community in NC

June 03, 2014
1850s ladies bring whaleships sailors stories to life
Ruth and Abby, the park's 1850s ladies, tell stories heard from the whaleship Charles W. Morgan's sailors.

May 29, 2014
Walking Tours
free weekend guided walking tours

May 28, 2014
NB LINE Returns to Park
NB LINE returns to the park for the season

May 03, 2014
April Dock U Mentaries film
april Dock U Mentaries film series continues

April 30, 2014
Where in the World are the 1850s Ladies
Figure out where Ruth and Abby have been from looking at photos taken of them throughout the city

April 26, 2014
4th Annual Volunteer Cleanup
annual volunteer cleanup day at the park

April 23, 2014
Setting Forth
introduce SoCo Blueways, a National Water Trail initiative along the South Coast. (www.socoblueways.org)

April 10, 2014
April vacation activities at National Park
April vacation activities in preparation for the visit of whaleship Charles W Morgan this summer

April 05, 2014
Dock U Mentaries offers two films in April
Dock U Mentaries film series April 2014

April 05, 2014
Dont Throw It Away with the 1850s Ladies
Ruth and Abby offer recycling ideas on April AHA! night

March 08, 2014
Dock U Mentaries film series continues March 21
Dock U Mentaries monthly film series continues on March 21 at visitor center.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park creates $13,297,400 in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 269,885 visitors to New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in 2012 spent $13.3 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 193 jobs in the local area.

March 01, 2014
1850s Ladies Offer Pincushion Craft
Ruth and Abby, the 1850s ladies, offer a pin cushion making activity for March AHA! night on March 13.

February 22, 2014
The North Star Journey Release
premiere of YAP! reality documentary The North Star Journey

February 11, 2014
Dock U Mentaries film series continues on Feb 21
free film shown as part of Dock U Mentaries film series

February 11, 2014
Craft Activity with Ruth and Abby
Ruth and Abby offer craft activity for AHA! night in February

February 04, 2014
Voices of the Past: Celebrate Black History Month
Join us for a day of celebration of African Americans from New Bedford's past. Visit with re-enactors and participate in hands-on activities.

January 29, 2014
1850s Ladies offer Victorian Craft for AHA night
Ruth and Abby, the 1850s ladies, offer a feather craft for AHA! night on Thurs., Feb. 13.

January 25, 2014
Meet the Artist Reception
Meet artist Jared Bowen, who designed a mural honoring the MA 54th Regiment

January 09, 2014
Whales, Tales and Sails
story hour returns to the national park

December 20, 2013
Celebrate New Years Eve at New Bedford Whaling NHP
Ruth and Abby offer calendar-making activity for City Celebrates New Year's Eve.

December 19, 2013
Boxing Day
Boxing Day events at visitor center on Dec. 26

December 14, 2013
Dock-U-Mentaries film series continues December 20
Dock-U-Mentaries film series features slideshow with Rodney Avila

December 12, 2013
Holiday pin making with 1850s ladies on AHA night
holiday pin making for AHA! night Dec. 12 with 1850s ladies

November 29, 2013
Whales, Tales & Sails Holiday Schedule
Whales, Tales & Sails announces its special schedule for the holidays

November 01, 2013
Hidden Talents of the National Park
National Park Service volunteers and staff showcase their hidden talents on AHA! night

September 28, 2013
Weekly story hour with acclaimed storytellers
free weekly story hour at national park

September 21, 2013
Hidden Talents
Park volunteers and staff to showcase hidden talents for AHA! night.

September 07, 2013
Two lectures on aspects of Civil War
Lectures by Patrick Rael and George Ripley on Civil War

September 07, 2013
Dr. Ben Tamura to speak on AHA! night
Dr. Ben Tamura to speak on A Voyage to Health for AHA! night

August 23, 2013
Folk Punk Shanty Music
Sharks Come Cruisin plays national park garden area

August 13, 2013
Narrated tours offered on Park Shuttle
Narrated tours on NB Line.

August 13, 2013
Hawaii, Stone Fleet talks, and Central American Music
Talks on Hawaii, Stone Fleet, music in the garden

August 09, 2013
Grupo Flor de Izote to play Central American music at Thursday evening concert series
Central American musicians and dancers perform in park garden for Thursday evening concert series

August 03, 2013
NOIR featured artist in Thursday evening concert series
Group NOIR will offer a free concert on Thursday evening, August 8 in the park garden.

August 01, 2013
Ruth and Abby dance for AHA! night August 8
Ruth and Abby, the park's 1850s ladies, dance in the streets for AHA! night on August 8.

July 26, 2013
Maritime Songs in park garden
Jerry Bryant sings maritime songs as part of Thursday evening concert series in the garden.

July 23, 2013
A Voyage to Health
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is currently hosting “A Voyage to Health,” a traveling exhibit developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine. This six-panel exhibit explores the recent revival of the ancient arts of navigation and voyaging that first brought the people of Hawai‘i to their island homes. The Hokulea, a native people of Hawai’i, have embarked on a seven-year journey in traditional canoes around the world to reacquaint themselves with the traditional ways of navigation and to seek ways to restore the collective soul of the people. “A Voyage to Health” will be on display in the National Park visitor center from July 15 through August 24, 2013, and is free and open to the public. The park visitor center is located at 33 William St., New Bedford, MA. For more information on their voyage, go to www.hokulea.org.

July 23, 2013
Napua O'Polynesian
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).

July 16, 2013
Nzinga's Daughters
The 2013 Thursdays in the Park Concert Series continues its weekly summer series with a performance of songs and stories from the Underground Railroad featuring the Connecticut based ensemble Nzinga’s Daughters. The free concert takes place Thursday, July 18th 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 to the National Park Theater.

July 12, 2013
Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series-July 2013
The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on Friday, July 19 with Life by Lobster. Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Working Waterfront Festival. Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.

July 06, 2013
Space Saturday
On Saturday, July 20, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will be offering Space Saturday, a day of hands-on activities about science and space travel. The event will run from 10:00 am-4:00 pm, and will feature Dick Methia, a national finalist in the NASA Teacher in Space project and former New Bedford High School English teacher. At 3:00 pm, Methia will give a fascinating 45-minute presentation on living and working in space. Opening the event at 10:00 am, Lisa Pratt, science teacher at Roosevelt Middle School and NASA space camp alum will present an introduction to space camp and lead soda bottle rocket launches. Activities for all ages include making constellations, pinwheels, space helmets, comparing outfitting a spaceship and whaleship and more.

July 01, 2013
Kids Rule AHA! July 2013
On Thursday, July 11, AHA! (Art, History, Architecture) night, you’ll have the chance to walk the streets of 19th century New Bedford, hear the Youth Ambassador Program AND the Toe Jam Puppet Band, all in one evening! From 6:00-8:00 PM, travel to the past as the 1850s ladies Ruth and Abby, in conjunction with the Junior Ranger Service Corps, invite you to “walk” South Water Street as it was in 1852, and meet the people who lived and worked there. Out in the park garden, the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) performs an opening set for Toe Jam Puppet Band at 5:30pm as part of Kids Rule AHA! night, with Toe Jam Puppet Band to follow at 6 and 7 pm.

June 30, 2013
Free Summertime Events
Summertime is the best time to enjoy free entertainment in your national park! On Thursday, July 11, the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) performs an opening set for Toe Jam Puppet Band at 5:30pm as part of Kids Rule AHA! night. Then, Friday, July 12, from 10 AM-12 noon, enjoy music and movement with members of the Sea Chantey Chorus, and hands-on crafts with the New Bedford Art Museum’s Artmobile. All events take place in the park’s garden at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford.

June 21, 2013
Proud to be Cape Verdean Free Film Screening
"Proud to be Cape Verdean (PTBCV): A Look at Cape Verdeans in the Golden State," a documentary about the Cape Verdean community in California, will screen on Friday, June 28 at 7:00 pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park theater, 33 William Street, downtown New Bedford, MA. The event is free and open to the public. PTBCV captures the essence of the Cape Verdean culture in California through an insightful look at individuals and organizations and their desire to maintain their cultural identity. The music of the Mendes Brothers, John and Ramiro, is featured. Actor/producer Michael Beach lends his voice talents as narrator.

June 08, 2013
Flag Day Elementary School Concert 2013
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will host a Flag Day concert featuring New Bedford elementary school students on Friday, June 14 at 10:30 AM. The band will play patriotic songs as well as other musical pieces. The concert will take place in the national park garden at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. The event is free and open to all. The band brings together students from the Ashley, Pacheco and Winslow Elementary Schools. Bill Lacey and Dana Bernier direct the band, which numbers 70 students.

June 07, 2013
National Get Outdoors Day
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is offering free fun in the sun as part of National Get Outdoors Day. Get a head start to a healthier, happier you with yoga in the park or “burn while you learn” by taking a guided or self-guided walking tour of the historic district on Saturday, June 15. This event had been scheduled for June 8, and was postponed to a rain date of Saturday, June 15. HOPE Yoga Studio in Dartmouth will offer free yoga in the park garden at 2:00 PM. The garden is located outside of the National Park Visitor Center located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. Bring yoga mats, if you have one. The park has a limited supply of mats for those who don’t have one. Please RSVP (for yoga only) by calling Emily Prigot at 508-996-4095 x 6105 or via email at emily_prigot@nps.gov.

June 07, 2013
Portraits of Port AHA! June 2013
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.

June 06, 2013
Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series- June 2013
The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on Friday, June 21 with No Pretty Prayer. Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Working Waterfront Festival. Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge. No Pretty Prayer explores the gritty character of an old seaside neighborhood in the oldest seaport in America. Known locally as the Fort, the enclave has long served as the working heart of Gloucester, Massachusetts' marine industrial economy and as home to the city's Sicilian community. The film examines how this mix of industry and culture has fused the character of this place and its people over the past one hundred years.

May 25, 2013
NB Line Returns on May 25
On Saturday, May 25, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Southeastern Regional Transit Authority, and the City of New Bedford will bring back the national park’s shuttle system, the NB LINE. The shuttle debuted last year, and visitors enjoyed seeing the city’s many sites without having to navigate through traffic to locate their destinations. The NB LINE will run on weekends through June 22 (including Memorial Day), then seven days a week all during the summer through Labor Day. From September 2 through Columbus Day it will run on weekends only. The hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A one day pass only costs $1.00 for adults and is free for children and students with ID.

May 23, 2013
2013 Walking Tours Announced
New Bedford has a long and fascinating history, filled with stories of whalemen going to sea for years a time, wives left to run businesses, escaped slaves seeking freedom, and a connection to the sea that spans centuries. The public is invited to explore this history through free guided tours, offered seven days a week in July and August, at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Tours leave from New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s visitor center, located in downtown New Bedford. Daily tours start on Monday, July 8. The park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford.

May 23, 2013
Thanking America’s Armed Forces Active Duty U.S. Military Offered Free Entrance to All National Parks
To show our appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, and those who have served and whom we recall with gratitude on Memorial Day, the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park reminds military families that the National Park Service offers an annual pass offering free entrance to all 401 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.

May 12, 2013
Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series- May 2013
The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on Friday, May 17 with In Altro Mare. Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Working Waterfront Festival. Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge. In Altro Mare looks at fishermen, their families, and the community established by the Italian Americans of Gloucester. The film will be followed by a discussion about the historical and present role of immigrants on the waterfront. Corinn Williams, Executive Director of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern MA will talk about oral history interviews she conducted with Central American women who work in seafood processing jobs on the New Bedford waterfront.

April 25, 2013
City Views AHA! Night May 9, 2013
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.

April 25, 2013
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and Whaling History Alliance to Host 3rd Annual Volunteer Cleanup Day & All American Cookout
On Saturday, May 18, from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will host a Volunteer Cleanup Day & All American Cookout, a volunteer initiative designed to provide the national park with people-power to ready the park for the upcoming summer season and engage communities in the National Park experience.

April 21, 2013
National Park and Whaling Museum offer Free Digital Tour App
A new GPS-enabled walking tour application exploring New Bedford’s shoreside industries is now available for Apple and Andriod devices. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s Shoreside Industries app takes visitors on a journey through a time when New Bedford’s waterfront teemed with blacksmiths, coopers, caulkers, and others involved in whaling related trades. Free downloads are available on the park’s website, Apple’s App Store, and Google Play. Search keywords “New Bedford Shoreside Industries.”

March 30, 2013
Celebrate Earth Day April 17, 2013
National Park to host Earth Day event Free activities for children during April vacation New Bedford, MA— Become An Earth Citizen: Celebrate Earth Day! On Wednesday, April 17, children and adults alike can celebrate their love of the earth. The day will feature seed planting, making recyclable crafts, walking tours, exploring beach erosion, and discovering earth-friendly cleaning tips from 1850s ladies. These events take place from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM and are free and open to people of all ages. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is located at 33 William Street, downtown New Bedford.

March 30, 2013
Sustainable SouthCoast April AHA! Night
AHA! events at National Park Visitor Center New Bedford, Mass.— New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s visitor center will be buzzing with activities on AHA! (Art, History, Architecture) night, Thursday, April 11. The theme that evening is Sustainable South Coast. Clean up your act with Ruth and Abby, the national park’s 1850s ladies. From 6:00-8:00 pm, the ladies will be discussing and displaying the ways they cleaned their houses back in those days. The park visitor center has a new traveling exhibit, “Arrange for Change,” on climate change, how it affects us, and steps we can take in our daily lives to slow it down. The exhibit was created by John Morris from the Alaska Regional Office of the National Park Service in cooperation with staff from NASA. In addition, from 5:00- 7:00 PM, Northeast Ear, Nose and Throat of Dartmouth, MA and UMass Dartmouth Department of Music are collaborating to celebrate “World Voice Day,” an international health observance day for the human voice. At 7:30 PM, Working Waterfront Festival presents a showing of the film Red Gold, a film that documents growing unrest among native, commercial and sport fishermen in Bristol Bay, Alaska. These fishermen oppose the proposed Pebble Mine which could destroy the world’s two largest remaining sockeye runs. Sarah Schuman, who fishes out of Bristol Bay, will lead a post-film discussion. All events take place at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s visitor center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. As always, admission is free.

March 28, 2013
"Arrange for Change" Traveling Exhibit
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park hosts “Arrange for Change” Traveling Exhibit April 1-April 30, 2013 ENCORE through May 31, 2013 New Bedford, MA— Why is our weather changing so much lately? What are the factors that lead to these changes? Explore the answers to these questions at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Beginning April 1, the park will be hosting “Arrange For Change,” a free traveling exhibit which examines global climate change and how it impacts our world. Created by the National Park Service in cooperation with NASA staff, “Arrange for Change” will be on display in the National Park Service visitor center at 33 William Street from April 1-April 30, 2013.

March 06, 2013
Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series March 15, 2013
March film highlights women who work on the waterfront New Bedford, Mass. — The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on Friday, March 15 with Shipping Out: The Story of America’s Seafaring Women. Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Working Waterfront Festival. Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.

March 06, 2013
AHA! March in Motion
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.

February 15, 2013
Call to Arms
New Bedford, MA— Members of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, a reenactment corps, will be making a special visit to New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park on Thurs., February 21, from 12:00 noon-3:30 PM, as a part of the park’s Call to Arms, a day to explore the Civil War. They will share the story of this all-black Civil War regiment and its New Bedford connection, and hold a weapons "drill and dress-up" for students or other interested participants. The Call to Arms event will run from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM and is free and open to people of all ages. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is located at 33 William Street, downtown New Bedford.

February 15, 2013
Learners to Teachers
New Bedford, Mass.— Through a Ticket to Ride grant from the National Park Foundation, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park launched a new program for English Language Learners from New Bedford High School. The Learners to Teachers program engages students in learning about the whaling industry and its influence on the cultural history of New Bedford, while preparing them to develop and deliver programs for English Language Learners in elementary school. Participants learn skills such as public speaking, video production, animation, and program development through visits to park and partner resources, public-speaking workshops, and teacher and ranger-led instruction. On February 7, with family, teachers, and friends looking on, five graduating participants were accepted into the park’s volunteer program. As part of the graduation ceremony, the students presented an animated video they created that introduces young visitors to the park.

February 11, 2013
HA HA on AHA! February 2013
The evening will feature the Ruth and Abby, the 1850s ladies, from 6:00-8:00 PM, Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) at 6:00 PM, and Schooner Ernestina activities beginning at 7:00 All events take place on AHA! night, Thursday, February 14, at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s visitor center. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. As always, admission is free.

February 05, 2013
Proud to Be Cape Verdean Film Showing
Proud to be Cape Verdean (PTBCV): A Look at Cape Verdeans in the Golden State,‖ a documentary about the Cape Verdean community in California, will screen on Friday, February 8 at 6:15pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park theater, 33 William Street, downtown New Bedford, MA. The event is free and open to the public. PTBCV captures the essence of the Cape Verdean culture in California through an insightful look at individuals and organizations and their desire to maintain their cultural identity. The music of the Mendes Brothers, John and Ramiro, is featured. Actor/producer Michael Beach lends his voice talents as narrator.

January 31, 2013
Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series-February 2013
New Bedford, Mass. — The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues in February with two programs which look back to the days of wooden boats and iron men: Dad, I Wanna Go Fishin’ on Sunday, February 3rd and Port of New Bedford Then and Now on Friday, February 15th.

January 03, 2013
Emancipation Nation: January AHA! Night
Curator Jill L. Newmark will speak about the “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries” traveling exhibit, (currently on display at the park visitor center) during the January AHA! at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park visitor center at 5:30 PM.

December 23, 2012
City Celebrates! New Year's Eve National Park Activities
Celebrate the New Year at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park! Ruth and Abby, the national park’s 1850s ladies, will be marking the new year by providing materials for visitors of all ages to create their own 2013 calendar, and would be pleased to have you join them, from 5:00-7:00 PM. Following the calendar-making activity, at 7:00 PM, renowned Portuguese fado singer Ana Vinagre will be singing traditional Portuguese songs. On display all evening will be the park’s new temporary exhibit, "Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries." This exhibit explores the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers during the Civil War. All activities will take place on Monday, December 31 at the New Bedford Whaling National Park Visitor Center, 33 William Street, downtown New Bedford. Admission is free for all events.

December 23, 2012
Winter Walking Tour: "Risky Business: New Bedford in Whaling Days"
"Risky Business: New Bedford in Whaling Days,” a special free wintertime walking tour, will be offered on Thursday, December 27 at 11:00 AM. With volunteer tour guide Peter Hacunda, you’ll have the opportunity to walk the same streets tread upon by Herman Melville almost exactly 172 years ago to the day. You’ll hear about young Melville and how his journey from New Bedford led to some big things not only for him, but for literature buffs everywhere. You’ll learn how New Bedford became “The City that Lit the World.” And you’ll find out what the Washington Monument, the Hubble telescope and Alcatraz all have in common. At the same time, you’ll be getting a bit of exercise and taking in some wintry seaside air. This free tour starts the

December 09, 2012
Arctic Day December 27, 2012
New Bedford, Mass.— Have you ever wanted to explore the Arctic? Here is your chance to do it, without even having to travel far! New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park offers two free screenings of the hit movie, "Big Miracle" on Thursday, December 27, as a part of "A Day in the Arctic." During the week of school vacation, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and New Bedford Whaling Museum will be creating a fun-filled day, featuring free crafts, movies, and activities from 10 am- 4 pm. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. New Bedford Whaling Museum is located just one block away, at 18 Johnny Cake Hill.

December 09, 2012
Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series "Whales of Gold"
New Bedford, Mass. — The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues Friday, December 21st at 7 PM with Whales of Gold, introduced by the award-winning film maker, Lucia Duncan. Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Working Waterfront Festival. Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.

December 09, 2012
AHA! Night December 13, 2012 "Made In New Bedford"
New Bedford, Mass.— Think local—think ―Made In New Bedford.‖ Create a holiday pin and hear a lecture on oil and candle manufacturing, all in one place and in one evening. On AHA! night, Thursday, December 13, you can join Ruth and Abby, the national park’s 1850s ladies, for holiday pin-making, from 6:00-8:00 PM. At 7:30 PM, Author Mark Foster will offer a lecture on oil and candle manufacturing in 19th c. New Bedford. The event takes place at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s visitor center, downtown New Bedford. As always, admission is free.

December 02, 2012
"Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries" Traveling Exhibit
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will be hosting “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries,” a free exhibit which explores the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers during the Civil War. “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries” will be on display in the National Park visitor center from December 17, 2012 through January 26, 2013.

November 01, 2012
Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series "Downeast"
The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues Friday, November 16th at 7 PM with Downeast. Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Working Waterfront Festival. The film unfolds over the course of a year-and-a-half in the small lobster village of Prospect Harbor, Maine. A few months after the closing of the last remaining sardine cannery in the United States, Boston-based entrepreneur Antonio Bussone purchases the plant, hoping to establish a lobster processing facility and rehire the laid-off sardine workers. Antonio's troubles begin from the day he arrives. During a town-hall meeting, local politicians oppose his vision of rebuilding the factory. Undeterred, Antonio moves forward, determined to build and operate one of the first lobster factories in the United States.

Did You Know?

Fishing vessels in New Bedford harbor.

Today, New Bedford is home to the number one fishing port in the United States in terms of the dollar value of its catch.