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Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast

Walking trail, website, app and school curriculum

Indoor Museum Tour
Wednesdays at 1 pm  |  Beginning February 6
Free with Museum admission

Free guided tours of the Lighting the Way Walking Trail 
Resume in Spring 2019

Lighting the Way: Spoken Word Contest
New Bedford Whaling Museum’s first ever spoken word contest, in partnership with the Bristol Community College Women’s Center and the YWCA. Learn more


Explore the new website
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Download the mobile App
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by lifting women’s voices and inspiring generations to come

Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast explores the historical impact of women from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds who shaped their SouthCoast communities, the nation, and the world. The Project is unearthing remarkable stories of women’s callings that required grit, tenacity, and enduring commitment to their families, careers, and communities.