Past Programs

2017 Past Programs will be listed on this page. If you are looking for information from a previous year, click on a link below.

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Party for the Ocean 2017

An annual family event that explores ocean health PLUS screening of Ocean Frontiers III: Leaders in Ocean Stewardship & the New Blue Economy.

Lecture: Rowing for My Life

Kathleen Saville, author of Rowing for My Life: Two Oceans, Two Lives, One Journey, spoke about her 1980s rows across the Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans.

Nantucket Basket Weaving Demonstration

Experienced weavers, Louis and Bonnie Silverstein, demonstrated the time-honored practice and highlighted distinctive features that characterize the Nantucket Basket’s labor-intensive construction.

Exhibition Opening – Thou Shalt Knot: Clifford W. Ashley

Opening reception to view the work of master knot tyer, maritime artist, historian, and author Clifford W. Ashley.

Free Fun Fridays! 2017

Activities throughout the day with free admission June 30. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

Lecture: Source for West Africa History

This lecture by Professor Eduardo Adilson Camilo Pereira, Ph.D., answered some questions related to the Cabo Verdean immigration to the US since 1810.

2017 Members’ Day Trip

Trip to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University includes transportation, Irish buffet lunch, Museum admission, and a tour.

Celebrating the Ernestina-Morrissey

A celebration of the 35th anniversary of this generous gift from Cape Verde.

Exhibition Opening: Out There

Peter Pereira Photojournalist – Simultaneous openings at the Whaling Museum and The Standard-Times building on Elm Street.

The Second Half Lectures 2017

A daytime lecture series titled Influential Women of the South Coast. Presented in partnership with The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute.

114th Annual Members’ Meeting

The day began with the New Bedford Port Society’s official grand re-opening of the Mariners’ Home and Seamen’s Bethel.

29th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend

Enthusiasts from across the country and abroad gather to share the enjoyment of this distinctive and beautiful art form.

8th Annual Nautical Antiques Show

Featuring hundreds of antiques from some of New England’s most respected dealers.

Book Launch: "A Man for All Oceans"

Exhibition opening, book signing and talk by Slocum biographer Stan Grayson.

Symposium: The Mariners’ Home and Seamen’s Bethel – Yesterday and Today

Great stories, both fiction and non-fiction, abound as the people behind these narratives were brought to life.

Exhibition Opening and Lecture: Celebrating Sippican

Exhibition reception including a lecture by co-curator Judith W. Rosbe, author of Marion in the Golden Age.

Spring Vacation Week 2017

A full week of crafts, hands-on activities and lots of fun for all!

Lecture Series: Famine, Friends & Fenians

Lecture series on New Bedford’s curious ties to Irish History.

Right Whale Day 2017

Navigate through a Right Whale obstacle course, climb inside life-sized inflatable Right and Humpback Whales, listen to the story ‘Dario and the Whale’ and make Right Whale magnets or whale origami.

Symposium: Inner Light – The World of William Bradford

Lively lectures and discussions honored William Bradford and some of the greatest masterpieces in the Museum’s collection.

Sailors’ Series Lectures 2017

Adventures at Sea: Local Mariners Take to the Water

Bob Woodward: The Age of the American Presidency

His appearance in April, 2017 marked the revivification of the New Bedford Lyceum, a centuries-old New England tradition of learning through intellectual debate.

A Celebration of a New Bedford Master: Artist Albert Pinkham Ryder

Curators highlighted an exquisite Ryder painting in the Museum’s collection and discussed his connections to New Bedford.

February Vacation Week 2017

February 20th kicked off vacation week with activities scheduled from 10 am – 2 pm.

21st Annual Moby-Dick Marathon

Non-stop action-packed reading of America’s most iconic novel, Moby-Dick, beginning with the opening line, “Call me Ishmael.”

Last modified: January 13, 2017