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Contact: Emily G. Prigot, 508-996-4095New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will host an eclipse party at their visitor center on August 21. New Bedford will experience a partial eclipse of the sun on August 21 from 1:29-3:01 pm, with peak shadow at 2:48 pm. There will be an area set up in their garden space during that time and a limited number of eclipse glasses for people to use. The glasses will be offered to visitors of the National Park on that day starting at 1:25 PM. In addition, pinhole cameras will be used to observe the shadow of the moon crossing the sun. The National Park’s visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. These events are family friendly and free.
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/NBWNHP. Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at FindYourPark.com
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