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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Film Screening: Dead in the Water

Attendees viewed the New Bedford premiere of Dead in the Water, produced and directed by Rockport native and award-winning filmmaker David Wittkower.

Members’ Holiday Party

Festive hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a celebration of this year’s accomplishments.

Conference: Migration and Mill Work - Portuguese Communities in Industrial New England

Exhibits, historical site visits, and thematic talks and tours in 4 locations, linking research themes to the living history of the communities.

Whales Today Lecture Series

Engaging lectures focused on whale ecology, ocean health, and marine mammal conservation.

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

Panelists discussed 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.

Film Screening: Storias Di Nos Muzika

A documentary on the origins of Cape Verdean Music.

Mountainfilm on Tour

Colorado’s Mountainfilm festival, now in its 40th year, is a documentary film festival with the mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

Haunted Whaleship

A family-friendly Halloween event geared toward children 12 and under.

The Second Half: Daytime Lecture Series

Attendees joined museum curators and guest lecturers to explore recently opened galleries and hear fascinating stories of Old Dartmouth from offshore to seaside.

Thou Shalt Knot: A Symposium on Knotting Matters

A celebration of knots with interesting lectures and demonstrations on all things knotty. In partnership with the International Guild of Knot Tyers.

Opening Reception: Enlightened Encounters – The Two Nations of Manjiro Nakahama

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

2017 Members’ Trip

The Best of the Azores – a tour of four islands, including Pico, Terceira, Faial, and Sao Miguel.

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Attendees joined more than 100,000 film lovers across 240 cities and six continents to screen and vote on the Finalists’ Films.

Opening Reception: Dive Deep with Whales Today

This is the first installation of a major expansion of Whales Today, the Museum’s whale ecology, ocean health, and marine mammal conservation exhibition.

9th International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta

Regatta week in 2017 celebrated the Society’s 20th Anniversary and the 20th birthday of the first Azorean whaleboat launched in America – the Bela Vista.

Scrimshaw 101

Seminar exploring scrimshaw’s distinguishing characteristics, including the technical background on whaling methods, whaling lore, ship-rigs and whaleboat crews.

Summer Days at the Museum

Daily activities for kids in July and August – free for members or with Museum admission.

"Thou Shalt Knot" Artist Talk: Julie Mandle

Artist Julia Mandle shared with museum visitors her unique perspective about making conceptual art. One of her ceramic works, Tied on the Bight, is exhibited in Thou Shalt Knot: Clifford W. Ashley.

Economics of Whaling Symposium

The whaling industry as the first venture capital business model in the United States.

Lecture by Peter Pereira, Photojournalist

Pereira discussed his journey as a photojournalist and talked about the back stories of the photos on exhibit.

Lecture: The Sippican Hotel during the Golden Age of Marion

By David K. Pierce, Vice President of the Sippican Historical Society. At its peak the Sippican Hotel represented the finest elegance and style in the time of high culture in Marion’s history.

Top of the Hill Summer Gala

Guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner in the Bourne Building and surrounding galleries. Proceeds from the Gala support the Museum’s educational mission.

Book Launch and Companion Exhibition Opening

O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt by Michael P. Dyer, Curator of Maritime History.

Lecture: How diplomacy brought peace to Northern Ireland

Reflections on The Good Friday Agreement and its impact on Brexit today – by David Byrne, Former Attorney General of Ireland

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