Inside Out! A City of Immigrants: The Standard Times Collection

ON VIEW August 20 – September 2
Museum Plaza

grid of 6 images from S-T Collection

New Bedford is an extraordinary place of infinite possibilities where different paths from around the world have intersected and defined the city’s character.

As the New Bedford Whaling Museum embarks on Common Ground: A Community Mosaic, which is documenting the lived experience of people and communities in Greater New Bedford, I continue to be captivated by these images from our Standard-Times Collection, which capture turn-of-the-century communities and individuals in Greater New Bedford. 

These images depict the development and stories of Polish, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Irish, Italian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Jewish, Greek, and other communities in the early 20th century. Immigration to New Bedford–a cosmopolitan city of incredible opportunity–shaped the landscape, culture, cuisine, and very character of the city. The presence, hard work, struggles and embrace of both homeland and New Bedford by immigrants made New Bedford a truly unique city which continues to be defined by its multicultural character.

Curator: Akeia de Barros Gomes, Curator of Social History


Virtual Curator Talk

Thursday, August 20 
with Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes
View Zoom event HERE