Film and 1850s Ladies on Sailors Food

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News Release Date: September 27, 2017

Contact: Andrew Schnetzer, 508-996-4095 x 6106

How far-reaching are the effects of plastic in our ocean?  Find out at the next AHA! (Art, History, Architecture) night, Thursday, October 12. That evening, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is partnering with Destination New Bedford to screen an award-winning documentary. The film, A Plastic Ocean, will be screened twice: first at 3:30 pm and again at 6:00 pm in the park’s theater. In addition, from 5-8 pm, the park’s 1850s ladies, Ruth and Abby, will discuss the delicious and sometimes not-so-tempting food sailors ate during the heyday of whaling. Both events are free, family-friendly, and take place at the park’s visitor center at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. These are but two of many events during AHA! night. For more information about this free evening of cultural and fun, go to


The full length feature, A Plastic Ocean has been described as an adventure documentary. Destination New Bedford is offering this film as part of its Seaport Art Walk programming. Activist Mary Lou Nicholson will offer an introduction to each showing. For more information visit


If watching movies makes you hungry, the park’s 1850s ladies will be talking about food like “boiled baby” and “skillygalee,” which will leave you asking the question, “I’m eating what?” Come by the visitor center and learn more about ship’s fare in the 19th century. It’s sure to be an appetizing conversation!


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 visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge. For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to or visit the park’s Facebook page at Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at


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Last updated: September 27, 2017

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