February 1, 2018

Internationally Acclaimed Storyteller Helps Kick off February Vacation Week at the Whaling Museum

Len Cabral to share original stories from around the world
Photo Booth honors James E. Reed: early New Bedford African-American photographer

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The New Bedford Whaling Museum will kick off February vacation week on Monday, February 19 with family-friendly activities celebrating New Bedford’s historic figures. Len Cabral, a great grandson of Cape Verdean whalers, will be there to captivate audiences with engaging adventures and folktales from the past, featuring stories from Cape Verde, Africa, and the Caribbean. Visitors can pose for photos in front of large hand-painted backdrops created by the Museum’s high school apprentices, or dress as historical figures for photos in the James E. Reed Photo Booth. Reed was an important African-American photographer in New Bedford’s early history, who photographed many local residents including Frederick Douglass. Other activities on Monday include a giant inflatable whale that kids can climb inside, a variety of arts and crafts, and a movie about Frederick Douglass. Monday’s kickoff begins at 10:00 am and is completely free for New Bedford residents, and free with admission for families outside of New Bedford.

Vacation week programs running Tuesday, February 20 through Friday, February 23 include special tours, a chance to go below deck on the Lagoda, the world’s largest ship model, the giant inflatable whale, and kids’ crafts. Tuesday through Friday activities are free for Whaling Museum members and free with admission for non-members.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Schedule is subject to change.

Monday, February 19

10:00 am – 2:00 pm        

  • James E. Reed Photo Booth – Dress as a historical figure in the booth or take your own photos against hand-painted backdrops.
  • Climb INSIDE a giant inflatable whale.
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Scavenger Hunt

11:00 am

  • Len Cabral Story Telling

1:30 pm

  • Cake

2:00 pm

  • Movie: Profiles in Courage: Frederick Douglass


Tuesday, February 20 – Friday, February 23

10:00 am – 12:00 pm      

  • Inflatable Whale
  • Kids’ Crafts

10:00-11:00 am

  • Go below deck on the Lagoda!

11:00 am-11:30 am         

  • Another chance to Go below deck on the Lagoda!

11:00 am

  • Museum Highlights Tours – Docents will lead groups throughout the Museum focusing on some of the most historically significant artifacts and visitor favorites, while telling stories of New Bedford’s role in U.S. history.


Tuesday, February 20 & Thursday, February 22

2:00 pm

  • Curator Tour – See the Museum through a curator’s eyes on this 45-minute tour.


Friday, February 23 only

10:30 am                           

  • All Aboard the Lagoda! Dress as your favorite character and climb aboard the Lagoda! Learn the ropes, interact with different cultures, and scour the seas in search of whales as you experience a global whaling voyage through role-play on the world’s largest model whaleship.


The February vacation program is supported by Per Moen and Joan Dolian, and by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  For questions and more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org or call 508-997-0046.


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, 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: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 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. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is: Free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.


About Len Cabral
Len Cabral is an internationally acclaimed storyteller who has been storytelling at schools, libraries, museums, and festivals since 1976.  A great grandson of a Cape Verdean whaler whose grandparents immigrated to America from the islands off the coast of West Africa, Len’s strong Cape Verdean ancestry comes alive in his exuberant retelling of African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales as well as original stories and tales from around the world. He is the recipient of the National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Oracle Award. The author of a children’s book for young readers and contributing to several folktale collections, Len also has five Cd’s and audio cassettes featuring a wide range of his favorite stories, several receiving NAPPA and Parents’ Choice awards. For more information visit www.lencabral.com.


For high-resolution images contact:
Tina Malott
Communications Manager
New Bedford Whaling Museum


Captain C. Weade lagoda

Photo caption: Visitors meet Captain C. Weade onboard the largest ship model in the world – the Lagoda - for an adventure on the high seas.


Photo caption: Len Cabral telling stories to a group of students. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Alvarez Ewens.