Oral histories of Maine fishermen featured at Dock-U-Mentaries

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News Release Date: February 11, 2017

Contact: Laura Orleans, 508-993-8894

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

The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on Friday, February 17th at 7:00 PM with Our Fishing Heritage, a 1996 documentary produced by Minotaur Productions. Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.
 
Our Fishing Heritage is an oral history of fishing in the first half of the 20th century as told by retired fishermen from the small fishing villages of Harpswell, Maine. The fishermen recall Grand Banks dory fishing as well as stop-seining for mackerel and herring, and lobstering in Casco Bay. Archival film and photographs and a musical score by Kevin McElroy are woven into these stories to show us a way of life and work gone by.
 
The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of New Bedford’s fishing industry through exhibits, programs, and archives. www.fishingheritagecenter.org
 
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 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 www.nps.gov/nebe or visit the park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NBWNHP. Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at FindYourPark.com
 
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About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.
 
 



Last updated: February 11, 2017

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