Local History Guild Discussion Series Premieres on AHA! Night February 8, 2018

Audiences can listen in on conversations between experts

 NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Historians, archivists, curators, historic preservationists, collectors, and other experts will discuss a variety of topics in front of an audience at the New Bedford Whaling Museum during Local History Guild conversations on New Bedford’s AHA! nights. The first two discussions concern The Westport and Dartmouth Milieu in the Age of Paul Cuffe on Thursday, February 8, and Common Lives in the Coastal Region: Interpretive Patterns for Historical Societies on Thursday, March 8. Michael P. Dyer, Curator of Maritime History at the Whaling Museum, will moderate the Local History Guild conversations, which run from 6 pm to 7 pm and include a question and answer period. The events are free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required. For information call 508-997-0046 or visit www.whalingmuseum.org.

Trends, initiatives, projects, and issues to be discussed at future Local History Guild gatherings will run the gamut from commercial fishing to historic houses, to the latest acquisitions, collections, publications, and digital resources. The moderated conversations will take place in the Whaling Museum’s Gratia Houghton Rinehart Gallery, which houses the exhibition Energy and Enterprise: Industry and the City of New Bedford.

February 8, 6 pm: Robert Harding, Ph.D., from the Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society, and Richard Gifford independent scholar from Westport will discuss The Westport and Dartmouth Milieu in the Age of Paul Cuffe.

March 8, 6 pm:  Marjorie O’Toole, Director of the Little Compton Historical Society, and Jeffrey Miller, Ph.D., Director and Curator of the Mattapoisett Historical Society will discuss Common Lives in the Coastal Region: Interpretive Patterns for Historical Societies.


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.