Mother’s Day walking trail tour features historic women of the SouthCoast

Free Lighting the Way outdoor guided tour – Sunday, May 12 – 1pm

NEW BEDFORD, Mass – In honor of Mother’s Day 2019, the New Bedford Whaling Museum is offering a free guided tour of the Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast walking trail on Sunday, May 12. Lighting the Way experts will share stories about inspiring women who shaped the region's history. Participants will learn about educators, philanthropists, abolitionists, crusaders for social justice, investors, confectioners, sister sailors, millworkers, and others on this 90-minute walk through downtown New Bedford. The tour leaves at 1:00 p.m. from the Whaling Museum, located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Massachusetts. Details are available at or (508) 997-0046.

Launched in 2017, Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast explores the historical impact of women from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds who shaped their communities, the nation, and the world. A printed Lighting the Way Walking Trail map and mobile app guide walkers to locations associated with 34 inspiring women in New Bedford. The trail map is available at the Whaling Museum and other locations in the downtown area. The associated mobile app is available at the Apple Store or Google Play. More than 60 women are included on the project’s website


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

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Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum


Caption: Ann O’Leary (far right – both photos), Emily Bourne Fellow at the Whaling Museum and lead researcher for the Lighting the Way project, led a tour of the Lighting the Way historic walking trail in New Bedford last summer.

Ann O'Leary as tour guide with crowd

Ann O'Leary with group at Museum entrance outside