Saturday Maritime Crafts Series

cooper, or barrelmaker, creating a barrel by hand
Cooper Ron Raiselis demonstrates 19th century barrel-making

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News Release Date: July 7, 2017

Contact: Emily G. Prigot, 508-996-4095 x 6105

During the time of whaling, people purchased products that were hand-made, one at a time, not mass produced.  Join New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park on Saturdays during the summer for its Maritime Crafts series. Each week, artisans demonstrate 19th century crafts and chat with visitors about them. The free series take place on Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm, beginning July 15 and continuing each week through August 26.   Most events take place in New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s garden, 33 William Street, downtown New Bedford.  Two of the events will take place on Johnny Cake Hill, adjacent to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. In addition, Ruth and Abby, the park’s 1850s ladies, will offer a related craft for children.

The series is scheduled as follows:
July 15:  Liz Cottrell- caning – Johnny Cake Hill
July 22: Linda Rhynard- tapestry weaving  - Johnny Cake Hill
July 29:  Gateway Turner Club – wood turning
August 5: Dean Rantz - blacksmith
August 12: Barbara Merry - rope making
August 19: Ron Raiselis - cooper (barrel maker)
August 26: Bill Feeney - scrimshaw - Johnny Cake Hill

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 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: July 7, 2017

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