The Local History Guild

The Local History Guild will once again conjoin on AHA! nights here in the galleries of the Museum.

Where once the Guild featured individual speakers, the coming season will feature a new format: conversations among area experts, aficionados, librarians, archivists, curators, historic preservation specialists, historians, and collectors. Topics will run the gamut from commercial fishing to historic houses, to the latest acquisitions, collections or publications. Each moderated 30-minute program will feature two specialists who will discuss the topics of their interest, trends, initiatives, projects and sometimes even new books, or public access databases of relevance to our local historical landscape.


 Lecture Schedule

Upcoming Lecture

(more information will be available soon)
Thursday, April 12, 2018
6 pm – 7 pm
Energy & Enterprise Gallery

Free and open to the public. No advance registration necessary.


Past Lectures

Thursday, March 8, 2018

detail of chart

Common Lives in the Coastal Region: Interpretive Patterns for Historical Societies
Marjorie O’Toole, Director of the Little Compton Historical Society and Jeffrey Miller, Ph.D. Director and Curator of the Mattapoisett Historical Society discussed “Common Lives in the Coastal Region: Interpretive Patterns for Historical Societies.” The discussion was moderated by Michael Dyer, Curator of Maritime History, New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Image Caption: Detail from A New Chart of the Coast of America from Philadelphia to Halifax Harbor Shewing the Tracks of the American Survey Vessels Science and Orbit. A New Edition Improved by J.W. Norie, Hydrographer [London], 1825.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Westport and Dartmouth Milieu in the Age of  Paul Cuffe
Curator of Maritime History Michael Dyer moderated February’s discussion about “The Westport and Dartmouth Milieu in the Age of Paul Cuffe.” Experts were Robert Harding, Ph.D. from the Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society and Richard Gifford, an independent scholar from Westport.