New Bedford Whaling Museum 114th Annual Meeting Friday, May 19

Open to membership and general public

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The 114th Annual Meeting of the New Bedford Whaling Museum/Old Dartmouth Historical Society takes place Friday, May 19, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Activities include a look at new Whaling Museum exhibitions in the Mariners’ Home on Johnny Cake Hill and throughout the Museum itself. Whaling Museum members and the general public are cordially invited to attend. The Annual Meeting program includes a remembrance for past volunteers, staff, and trustees at 3:00 p.m. in the Seamen’s Bethel, the annual report to Membership and election of Officers and Trustees at 4:00 p.m. in the Museum, and concludes with a reception and exhibition viewing at 5:30 p.m. RSVP at, or call 508-997-0046 ext. 100.

The Museum has curated four new exhibitions in the historic Mariners’ Home, which is owned and operated by the New Bedford Port Society and has recently been restored through the efforts of the Waterfront Historic League (WHALE) and the Port Society. The Port Society will be hosting an Official Grand Opening on the same day, May 19 at 10 a.m.

New exhibitions within the Museum include The Yanks are Coming: Selected WWI Posters from the Museum Collections; Celebrating Sippican: The Golden Age of Marion; The Spray will Come Back: Solo Circumnavigator – Captain Joshua Slocum; and Claus Hoie: The Log of the Whaler Helena and Related Works.

Proposed Slate 2017-2018 Officers and Trustees

Carol M. Taylor, Ph.D., Chair
Anthony R. Sapienza, First Vice Chair
Christine Shapleigh Schmid, M.D., Second Vice Chair
Joseph E. McDonough, Treasurer
Hardwick Simmons, Assistant Treasurer
Patricia A. Jayson, Clerk
Lawrence S. Huntington, Assistant Clerk

Nominees for Board of Trustees: Class of 2020

Onesimo Almeida, Ph.D.
Douglas Crocker
John N. Garfield, Jr.
Vanessa Gralton
James S. Hughes
Cathy Roberts
Guy R. Shepherd, M.Ed


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New Bedford Whaling Museum


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: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 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