Past Programs 2017
2017 programs are listed in alphabetical order.
The day began with the New Bedford Port Society’s official grand re-opening of the Mariners’ Home and Seamen’s Bethel.
Enthusiasts from across the country and abroad gathered to share the enjoyment of this distinctive and beautiful art form.
Non-stop action-packed reading of America’s most iconic novel, Moby-Dick, beginning with the opening line, “Call me Ishmael.”
Regatta week in 2017 celebrated the Society’s 20th Anniversary and the 20th birthday of the first Azorean whaleboat launched in America – the Bela Vista.
Featuring hundreds of antiques from some of New England’s most respected dealers.
Curators highlighted an exquisite Ryder painting in the Museum’s collection and discussed his connections to New Bedford.
His appearance in April, 2017 marked the revivification of the New Bedford Lyceum, a centuries-old New England tradition of learning through intellectual debate.
O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt by Michael P. Dyer, Curator of Maritime History.
Exhibition opening, book signing and talk by Slocum biographer Stan Grayson.
A celebration of the 35th anniversary of this generous gift from Cape Verde.
Exhibits, historical site visits, and thematic talks and tours in 4 locations, linking research themes to the living history of the communities.
The whaling industry as the first venture capital business model in the United States.
Exhibition reception including a lecture by co-curator Judith W. Rosbe, author of Marion in the Golden Age.
Peter Pereira Photojournalist – Simultaneous openings at the Whaling Museum and The Standard-Times building on Elm Street.
Opening reception to view the work of master knot tyer, maritime artist, historian, and author Clifford W. Ashley.
February 20th kicked off vacation week with activities scheduled from 10 am – 2 pm.
Attendees viewed the New Bedford premiere of Dead in the Water, produced and directed by Rockport native and award-winning filmmaker David Wittkower.
A documentary on the origins of Cape Verdean Music.
Activities throughout the day with free admission June 30. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.
A family-friendly Halloween event geared toward children 12 and under.
Pereira discussed his journey as a photojournalist and talked about the back stories of the photos on exhibit.
Lecture series on New Bedford’s curious ties to Irish History.
Reflections on The Good Friday Agreement and its impact on Brexit today – by David Byrne, Former Attorney General of Ireland
Kathleen Saville, author of Rowing for My Life: Two Oceans, Two Lives, One Journey, spoke about her 1980s rows across the Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans.
This lecture by Professor Eduardo Adilson Camilo Pereira, Ph.D., answered some questions related to the Cabo Verdean immigration to the US since 1810.
Panelists discussed the Museum’s collection as representing the cultures of East Asia, Japan in particular, whaling in the North Pacific, and New Bedford’s commercial trade with China.
By David K. Pierce, Vice President of the Sippican Historical Society. At its peak the Sippican Hotel represented the finest elegance and style in the time of high culture in Marion’s history.
Attendees joined more than 100,000 film lovers across 240 cities and six continents to screen and vote on the Finalists’ Films.
2017 Trip to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University included transportation, Irish buffet lunch, Museum admission, and a tour.
Festive hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a celebration of this year’s accomplishments.
The Best of the Azores – a tour of four islands, including Pico, Terceira, Faial, and Sao Miguel.
Colorado’s Mountainfilm festival, now in its 40th year, is a documentary film festival with the mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.
Experienced weavers, Louis and Bonnie Silverstein, demonstrated the time-honored practice and highlighted distinctive features that characterize the Nantucket Basket’s labor-intensive construction.
Attendees enjoyed New Year’s Eve in the Harbor View Gallery complete with a spectacular view of the city’s fireworks display, desserts and savory treats, dancing, and cocktails!
The first installation of a major expansion of Whales Today, the Museum’s whale ecology, ocean health, and marine mammal conservation exhibition.
Companion Exhibition – The East Unlocks its Gates: American Whalers and Trade in Asia
An annual family event that explores ocean health PLUS screening of Ocean Frontiers III: Leaders in Ocean Stewardship & the New Blue Economy.
Navigate through a Right Whale obstacle course, climb inside life-sized inflatable Right and Humpback Whales, listen to the story ‘Dario and the Whale’ and make Right Whale magnets or whale origami.
Adventures at Sea: Local Mariners Take to the Water
Seminar exploring scrimshaw’s distinguishing characteristics, including the technical background on whaling methods, whaling lore, ship-rigs and whaleboat crews.
A full week of crafts, hands-on activities and lots of fun for all!
Daily activities for kids in July and August – free for members or with Museum admission.
Lively lectures and discussions honored William Bradford and some of the greatest masterpieces in the Museum’s collection.
Great stories, both fiction and non-fiction, abound as the people behind these narratives were brought to life.
A daytime lecture series titled Influential Women of the South Coast. Presented in partnership with The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute.
Attendees joined museum curators and guest lecturers to explore recently opened galleries and hear fascinating stories of Old Dartmouth from offshore to seaside.
Artist Julia Mandle shared with museum visitors her unique perspective about making conceptual art. One of her ceramic works, Tied on the Bight, is exhibited in Thou Shalt Knot: Clifford W. Ashley.
A celebration of knots with interesting lectures and demonstrations on all things knotty. In partnership with the International Guild of Knot Tyers.
Guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner in the Bourne Building and surrounding galleries. Proceeds from the Gala support the Museum’s educational mission.
Engaging lectures focused on whale ecology, ocean health, and marine mammal conservation.