“Energy & Enterprise: Industry and the City of New Bedford” opens April 17

Major new exhibition at the Whaling Museum highlights city’s industrial evolution

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – A major new exhibition titled “Energy and Enterprise: Industry and the City of New Bedford” opens Friday, April 17, 2015, in the Gratia Houghton Rinehart Gallery, New Bedford Whaling Museum. A reception and preview of the exhibition for museum members will be held on Thursday, April 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The exhibition describes the city’s evolution from a whaling port to a major manufacturing center, which by the early 20th century was “first among American cities” in the production of goods. Energy & Enterprise illuminates New Bedford’s dynamic industrial past and places it within a larger national narrative.

The impact of industry on immigration, urban development, the railroad’s influence on the development of the port and the central role of coal in powering the city, are stories through which the exhibition aims to motivate visitors to explore changes in actual locations in the city and the surrounding region.

Focusing on the people, products, and infrastructures behind the rhythmic rises and falls of an industrial city, this story reflects not only New Bedford’s past but a larger national narrative that will resonate with visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

Major support for this exhibition comes from the William M. Wood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Nye Lubricants, Inc.


[To request press photos: amotta@whalingmuseum.org]
[Caption 1] Old Colony Railroad Locomotive #7 at the New Bedford Steamboat Wharf, NBWM #50137
[Caption 2] New Bedford textile workers pose for a group photo in mill, NBWN# 1988.38.4


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About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours April through December: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.