Fashion and paper dolls on AHA night

Ruth and Abby with underwear
Abby is shocked that Ruth displays underwear

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News Release Date: October 1, 2014

Contact: Karissa DeCarlo, 508-996-4095 x 6108

As the weather becomes cooler and holiday parties near, even 19th century ladies begin to think about the latest fashions. Join Ruth and Abby, the national park's 1850s ladies, as they discuss fashions of their day on AHA! (Art, History, Architecture) night, October 9, from 6:00-8:00 PM. You can even make your own paper dolls. This month's theme is Reap as You Sow, but for the ladies, it's Sew as you Reap! The event takes place at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park's visitor center, 33 William Street, downtown New Bedford.As always, the event is open to all, and admission is free. For more information about AHA! night, go to

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


Last updated: February 26, 2015

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