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Contact: Andrew Schnetzer, 508-996-4095 x6106
Contact: Emily G Prigot, 508-996-4095 x 6105
Have you ever wondered what’s inside the old bank building on William Street in downtown New Bedford? On December 14, AHA! night, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park volunteer Karyn Estrella will be offering a rare guided tour of the exhibits at the visitor center. These tours will start at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00. They will include background information about how the National Park was founded, how diverse communities found a home in New Bedford, and the unique way the National Park Service protects the priceless resource of historic New Bedford for future generations. In addition, a ranger will be on hand to discuss the Park’s new MakerSpace, the Artist-In-Residence program, as well as other events happening in the park. This free program is offered at 33 William Street.
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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