Yankee Baleeiros! The Shared Legacies of Luso and Yankee Whalers
The traveling exhibition celebrates the interwoven Luso-American stories of the Azorean, Cape Verdean, and Brazilian communities to the United States from early immigration in the 18th century through the latter half of the 20th century.
Exhibition panels 1-8 (pdf)
Exhibition panels 9-16 (pdf)
Painéis traduzida em Português
Painéis de Exposição 1-8 (pdf)
Painéis de Exposição 9-16 (pdf)
Experience Xico's Journey Interactive, based on the children's book Xico's Journey by David Blanchette.
Experiência de Xico viagem interativa, com base no livro infantil A Viagem de Xico por David Blanchette.
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is pleased to present Yankee Baleeiros! The Shared Legacies of Luso and Yankee Whalers. The traveling exhibition celebrates the interwoven Luso-American stories of the Azorean, Cape Verdean, and Brazilian communities to the United States from early immigration in the 18th century through the latter half of the 20th century.
The U.S. Census data suggests that 3 million people in the U.S. self-identify with Portuguese, Cape Verdean or Brazilian ancestry. These distinct cultures are linked historically through heritage, language, and the pursuit of opportunity afforded by the international network of Yankee whaling, with the Port of New Bedford as the major gateway to the American Dream.
The Greater Providence, R.I.-Fall River-New Bedford corridor is home to the largest Portuguese-American community in the U.S. One of the largest Brazilian populations in the U.S. lives in the Greater Boston area. Large Lusophone (Portuguese speaking) communities thrive in the Northeast, California, Florida and New Jersey.
Clifford W. Ashley photograph of crewmen at
It was on whaling voyages during the 1800’s that Azorean and Cape Verdean mariners first interacted with and often joined American whalers from New Bedford. On the other side of the Atlantic, Brazil also became an influential Lusophone connection through the industry of commercial whaling.
Yankee Baleeiros! explains how the Lusophone (Portuguese speaking) migration is integral to the American story. See how distinct cultures and communities who share similar languages are linked by maritime commerce as well as by similar motivations for coming to the United States.
The New Bedford Whaling Museum opened Yankee Baleeiros! at the Catholic Charities Teen Center in Dorchester, June 21 through June 26. In collaboration with the Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peter’s and Cape Verdean Community UNIDO, the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s traveling exhibit in Dorchester included an opening reception on June 21 with a closing reception on June 26.
Following its debut in Dorchester, Yankee Baleeiros! made its way back to New Bedford for the official New Bedford Homecoming of the whaleship, Charles W. Morgan.
- The Azorean Whaleman Gallery is the only permanent exhibition space in the United States that honors the Portuguese people and their significant contributions to this country’s maritime heritage.
- NOAA/College of Exploration workshop Video
- A Natural Connection to the Azores (5-10) from the Museum's Education Department
- The Sausalito Portuguese Heritage Walking Tour
The full 2014 schedule for Yankee Baleeiros! is as follows:
Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peter’s
278 Bowdoin St., Dorchester, MA 02122
Saturday, June 21, 4 -7 p.m.
Saturday, June 21, 4 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 22, 12 – 6 p.m.
Monday, June 23 – Thursday, June 26, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 26, 5 – 7 p.m.
Charles W. Morgan New Bedford Homecoming
New Bedford State Pier, Building 2, New Bedford
Exhibition Dates: Sunday, June 29 – Sunday, July 6
Exhibition Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Attleboro Public Library
74 North Main Street, Attleboro
Exhibition Dates: Monday, July 14 – Friday, August 1
Exhibition Hours: Mondays 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Thursdays 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Fridays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Attleboro show was sponsored in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Massachusetts Board of Library commissioners.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Maritime Museum, 900 Beach Street, San Francisco, California
Exhibition Dates: Monday, September 1 – Wednesday, December 31.
Exhibition Hours: Open Daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The San Francisco exhibition is sponsored in part by the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the U.S. (PALCUS).
An Opening Celebration of two new maritime exhibitions: the Whaling Museum’s traveling exhibition, Yankee Baleeiros! A Shared Heritage of Luso and Yankee Whalers, and The National U.S. Customs Museum Foundation's exhibition, U.S. Customs Service & the Golden Gate. The event took place at the Maritime Museum, 900 Beach Street in San Francisco. It was free and open to the public. Light refreshments were served.
Following the Opening Celebration, guests were invited to attend a dinner party hosted by the Whaling Museum at McCormick & Kuleto’s, 900 North Point Street in San Francisco.
Wednesday, October 1
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Lecture Series
David Bertão, Author of The Portuguese Shore Whalers of California
James Russell, New Bedford Whaling Museum President
Donald Warrin, Ph.D., Author of So Ends this Day: The Portuguese in American Whaling
Support for the traveling exhibition is provided by the William M. Wood Foundation, the Embassy of Portugal and the Portuguese Consulates in New Bedford, San Francisco, and Boston; the Embassy of the Republic of Cabo Verde and the Cape Verdean Consulate in Boston; Brown University, UMASS Dartmouth, Bristol Community College, U.C. Berkeley and Boston University; the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the U.S. (PALCUS), the William E. Schrafft & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, the Southeastern Massachusetts Visitors Bureau, and Poyant Signs, Inc.