MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Conference to detail unprecedented gift triggering major expansion

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.)  — The Board of Trustees of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts cordially invite the media to a PRESS CONFERENCE detailing news of an unprecedented gift that will trigger a major expansion at the New Bedford Whaling Museum:

Date: Monday, July 8, 2013

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: South Lot – located on Johnny Cake Hill, across from the Seamen’s Bethel

Speakers will include Mayor Jon Mitchell; Hon. Armand Fernandes, Jr., Chair, Whaling Museum Board of Trustees; Donald S. Rice and George B. Mock III, Co-chairs of the Museum’s Capital Campaign; and Edward G. Siegal, Chair, Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts.

With more the 750,000 items in its collection, the New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling, and the history of New Bedford and the region. Cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum campus is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, encompassing a city block in the heart of New Bedford’s historic downtown. The museum’s 20 galleries of art and science exhibits are open daily and wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit the Whaling Museum online at

About the Community Foundation: Since 1995, area residents have been turning to the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts to make their philanthropic giving as effective as possible. CFSEMA is a public charity serving thousands of people who share a common concern – improving the quality of life in Southeastern Massachusetts. Over the past eight years, the Community Foundation has distributed more than $14 million from 174 funds to humanitarian, educational and cultural organizations in the region. Visit for more information.

For more information, contact:
Arthur Motta
Director, Marketing & Communications
(508) 997-0046, ext. 153