Charles W. Morgan Pre-Homecoming Event Series

In anticipation of the Charles W. Morgan’s arrival, the Whaling Museum hosted the following Charles W. Morgan pre-Homecoming event series. This family-friendly programming was free and open to the public. 

Charles W. Morgan Countdown Celebration (PDF)

New Bedford Homecoming Schedule of the Charles. W. Morgan


Pre-Homecoming Event Series Schedule

Thursday, June 12

AHA! Portraits of a Port

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate the anticipated arrival of the Charles W. Morgan with free children’s crafts, games, and programming. Preview the 40-foot sperm whale skeletal sculpture puppet created by Sculptor and Puppeteer, Brett Sylvia. This fully articulating whale skeleton puppet will be on display in the Whaling Museum Plaza.

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 
Enjoy Whale Chanteys and Stories
with Mark Alan Lovewell, a storyteller from Martha’s Vineyard, and Annie Fentiman and Dave Webber, whaling music historians and chantey singers from England. 

6:30 p.m. 
Join the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society as they unveil two photos honoring deceased whalemen followed by scholarship awards in the Lagoda Room. AHA! includes free admission to select galleries.


Thursday, June 19

Exhibit Opening and Book Release
Benjamin Russell: Whaleman-Artist, Entrepreneur

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Experience whaling through the art of Benjamin Russell (1804-1885). The exhibition Benjamin Russell: Whaleman-Artist, Entrepreneur explores Russell’s self-training and subsequent work through a variety of objects and sources, including logbooks and public records. The exhibition demonstrates that Russell acquired his artistic training and technical knowledge of whaling during a forty-two month whaling voyage aboard the Kutusoff of New Bedford. The opening includes a talk and book signing with guest curator, Keith W. Kauppila. This is a free event. Light refreshments will be served.

Support for this exhibition is provided by The Ladera Foundation.

Wednesday, June 25

Charles W. Morgan Countdown Celebration
Download the full schedule

2:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Join the Whaling Museum for the official countdown to the anticipated arrival of the Charles W. Morgan with an event for the whole family. Celebrate the final hours before the ship’s arrival with all things Morgan. Programming to include photos, film, talks, crafts, games and more! This free event is open to the public.

Last modified: August 30, 2016

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