Lecture: The East Unlocks its Gates – American Whalers and Trade in Asia

Wednesday November 15, 2017
Reception: 6 pm 
Lecture: 7 pm


Members $10 | Non-members $15
Call: 508-997-0046 ext. 100
Online: The East Unlocks its Gates lecture


Dr. Christina Connett, Chief Curator; Dr. Akeia Benard, Curator of Social History; and Michael P. Dyer, Curator of Mari­time History will discuss the Museum’s Collection as representing the cultures of East Asia, Japan in particular, whaling in the North Pacific, and New Bedford’s commercial trade with China.

Explore the relationships built between American whalers, merchants, and the East. Learn how trading was the impetus behind the Western “Age of Discovery,” ushering in key components of maritime history of the modern age. Explore the remarkable life and influence of Manjiro Nakahama (1827-1898), the first Japanese person to live and learn English in the U.S., while the curators examine his rescue at sea in 1841 by the John Howland, a New Bedford Whaleship.