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Contact: Emily G. Prigot, 508-996-4095 x 6105On Thursday, August 8, on AHA! (Art, History, Architecture) night, you’ll have the chance to twirl your girl and honor your beau. In fact, you could even dance in the streets of downtown New Bedford with Ruth and Abby, the national park’s 1850s ladies! Join them from 6:00-7:00 PM on the lawn of the Seamen’s Bethel, 15 Johnny Cake Hill, downtown New Bedford. This event, like all of the national park events, is free of charge. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the 2nd floor of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s Corson Building, 33 William Street, downtown New Bedford.
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.