Past Programs

2020 Past Programs are listed on this page.
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2021 Moby-Dick Marathon

The 25th anniversary of the annual readathon of America’s most iconic novel, Moby-Dick.

Private Film Screening – Finding 52

A private screening of Finding 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World and a post-film Q&A with the director, Joshua Zeman, available only to New Bedford Whaling Museum Members and a limited group of funders of the film.

Virtual Performance & Lecture: KabuMerikanus – The Sum of US

Exploring The Cabo Verde – United States Musical Connection and Legacy with Candida Rose

Virtual Film Screening: Entangled by David Abel

Virtual film screening of Entangled followed by a Q&A with the director.

A Voyage of Discovery with Skip Finley

Author and historian Skip Finley shared some of the stories he uncovered while researching his book titled Whaling Captains of Color – America’s First Meritocracy.

Lighting the Way Votes

Honoring the struggle for voting rights by making sure all voices are heard in the 2020 Election. Lighting the Way Votes resources were available here!

Lectures: Sailors' Series

The Museum’s annual lecture series presents a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea.

Virtual Curator Talk: Art, Culture, and Adaptation with Elizabeth James-Perry

Aquinnah Wampanoag, whaling descendant, and marine scientist Elizabeth James-Perry discussed her exhibition and how it connects to her family history, Wampanoag culture, and 400-years of environmental change and adaptation.

Inside Out! Virtual Curator Talks

For each two-week outdoor exhibition, a virtual curator talk was presented via zoom.

Common Ground: A Community Mosaic – Musical Mosaic Edition

In partnership with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, attendees experienced a rich musical tapestry of different cultures and histories from around the world during this live online event.

Women of Color Lighting the Way to Equality in New Bedford and Beyond

Panel Discussion – presented by the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts

Virtual Program: Ripples. Through a Wampanoag Lens.

Aquinnah Wampanoag whaling descendant, and marine scientist, Elizabeth James-Perry, discussed her art and the concept for the show, Ripples. Through a Wampanoag Lens.

Lighting the Way for All

Honoring the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement through public art.

Virtual Talk – Common Ground: A Community Mosaic

A conversation with Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes about what inspired this community-based project, how the stories will create an exhibit, and how you can share your story with us.

Virtual Lecture: The Last Voyage of the Whaling Bark Progress

Attendees joined (via ZOOM) Dr. Gifford to rediscover the Progress’ fascinating story and what it reflects about New Bedford’s past and the process of turning the whaling industry into a “museum piece.”

George Gale: A Sea-nurtured Artist Virtual Talk

An exploration of the remarkable artist and mariner, George A. Gale, with Curator of Maritime History Michael P. Dyer.

117th Annual Members’ Meeting

A virtual meeting via Zoom, May 20, 2020.

In the Neighborhood: Virtual Artist’s Talk with Alison Wells

Virtual attendees joined artist Alison Wells and Whaling Museum Curator of Social History Akeia de Barros Gomes for a discussion of Alison’s artistic journey; as an artist, art educator, and gallery owner.

Capturing the essentials: A tour of the Museum’s photography collections

Michael Lapides, Director of Digital Initiatives, explored the Museum’s photo archives and shared images depicting the lives of our most essential workers via Zoom.

Call for Young Artists: IGNITE

A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast.
Young artists were invited to ignite interest in the impact of women from the region through original art projects.

EXPRESS YOURSELF: New Bedford Whaling Museum ART WEEK

Visitors joined us this February school vacation week to get expressive during the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s ART WEEK!

IGNITE Youth Showcase

Many of these original artworks highlighted the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, honored the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement, or highlighted civically engaged women featured in the Museum project Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast.

SouthCoast Film Forum Presents: Maiden

In 1989 Tracy Edwards leads the first all-female crew in the grueling Whitbread Round the World Race. Ultimately this film has strong messages about teamwork, communication, perseverance, and courage.

2020 Moby-Dick Marathon

Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece was celebrated at the Museum’s 2020 readathon of Moby-Dick.