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The Penniman House:
A Whaling Story--
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By studying The Penniman House: A Whaling Story students will be introduced to Captain Edward Penniman and his family, and learn how 19th-century whaling impacted their lives. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Maritime History of Massachusetts
The Discover Our Shared Heritage online travel itinerary on the Maritime History of Massachusetts highlights 89 of the historic places that tell the story of the interdependent relationship between Massachusetts and the sea.  The itinerary features locations along the 750 miles of Massachusetts coast line, including the Edward Penniman House.

Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod National Seashore is a unit of the National Park System. Visit the park's Web pages for more information on the park's 43,604 acres of shoreline and upland landscape features, as well as the park's historic structures, which include lighthouses, a lifesaving station, and numerous Cape Cod style houses.

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is a unit of the National Park System. Visit the park's Web pages for more information on the heritage of the world's preeminent whaling port during the 19th century. A variety of cultural landscapes, historic buildings, museum collections, and archives preserve this history and collectively recount the stories of a remarkable era.

New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's foremost museum devoted to the historic interaction of humans with whales worldwide. The Museum explores the history of whaling worldwide and the rich cultures and conservation issues it inspired.

Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic Seaport is the largest and most comprehensive maritime museum in North America. Visit the online Research section for more information (including images) about scrimshaw, nautical instruments, shipbuilding tools, maritime history, whaling gear, and much more.

The Library of Congress
Visit the Library of Congress website for more information about the cultural connections made in whaling, fishing, and industrial employment in Southeastern New England. Also learn more about the Library of Congress Faces of Whaling project, an oral history project documenting the life experiences of former whalemen of New Bedford and their descendants.

National Park Service: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record
Search the Historic American Building Survey for architectural documentation on the Edward Penniman House, included in the collection are photographs of the interior and exterior of the home.

International Whaling Commission
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling which was signed in Washington D.C. on 2 December 1946. The purpose of the Convention is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry. Visit the IWC website for more information about the history and purpose of this organization and how they are relevant today.


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