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Contact: Emily G. Prigot, 508-996-4095 x 6105The National Park Service will turn 101 years old, and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will be celebrating. Ruth and Abby, the park’s 1850s ladies, will host a special picnic, on Friday, August 25, from 11 am-2pm, complete with birthday cake, in the garden at the park. The National Park Service protects and interprets 417 park units, which encompass 84.7 million acres in all 50 states and four territories. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. This event is family friendly and free.
“It is an honor and a privilege for our park to share the many stories of the people who made their mark on the whaling industry and those who were a part of New Bedford’s Underground Railroad. These stories are from the past, yet they still have great significance for us today. We welcome the public to celebrate with us,” said Meghan Kish, Superintendent of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Roger Williams National Memorial, and Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.
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 www.nps.gov/nebe or visit the park’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NewBedfordNPS.
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