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Contact: Emily G. Prigot, 508-996-4095 x6105
Twenty years ago, New Bedford welcomed a new national park in downtown New Bedford and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was created. The park’s mission is protecting, preserving, and interpreting 19th century whaling industry, along with the many stories of people connected to this worldwide industry. The park warmly invites the public to join staff and volunteers on Saturday, November 12, 2016 as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of the creation of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park with visual arts, cake, music, and cultural performances. The park is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. Admission is free for all events.
The day starts at noon as Cultural Resource Specialist Jan DaSilva offers an in-depth walking tour of historic downtown New Bedford. At 2:00 PM, Superintendent Meghan Kish kicks off the party with a ceremony and video presentation leading into performances by the Madeiran Folk Dancers and a YAP! hip-hop concert.
“Through two decades of partnerships and community collaboration, this exceptional place has grown to great heights and continues to grow with your help. We hope you will join us as New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park sets sail on its next 20 years,” remarked Superintendent Kish.