Past Programs 2014

2014 programs are listed in alphabetical order.


26th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend

Characterized by a wide spectrum of world-class scrimshaw, fine food, new ideas, and high camaraderie.  5th Annual Nautical Antiques Show kicked things off.

Lecture: Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho

In partnership with UMass Dartmouth's Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. Wednesday, September 24th

Lecture: Why Whales Matter

A lecture and book signing with Joshua Horwitz, author of the new book: War of the Whales: A true story. Thursday, August 14th

Melville Family Day

Herman Melville's birthday is celebrated every year in the summer with free crafts, activities, and birthday cake.

Members' Trip to Madeira

A memorable week-long exploration of the beautiful island of Madeira, Portugal. September 11-19, 2014

Moby-Dick Marathon 2014

A nonstop reading commemorating the anniversary of the departure of the ship Acushnet from the whaling port of New Bedford with 21-year-old Herman Melville aboard.

Morgan Countdown Celebration

A boatload of free family friendly activities on Wednesday, June 25th from 2-8 p.m.

New Bedford Whaling Museum @ the Ellis Boston Antiques Show

The New Bedford Whaling Museum special exhibit at the Ellis Boston Antiques Show, Thursday through Sunday, October 23–26, 2014.

NY Portuguese Short Film Festival

A New Bedford Premiere that showcased the best work of a new generation of filmmakers. September 18th

Old Dartmouth Lyceum

The Museum's 2014 Fall lecture series focused on major upcoming projects. October 16, 30, November 13 and 18.

Over the Top 2014

With the theme of Over the Top: Under Construction, this event embraced the “unfinished” nature of the building construction site,  giving guests an insider preview.

Panorama Conservation Project Unveiling

The official unveiling of the Panorama. This event was part of the Old Dartmouth Lyceum series.

Perilous Oceans: The Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps

Public Lecture with Chet Van Duzer. Friday, June 6th

Portuguese Event Series

Series included an intimate evening of fado, soccer legend Antonio Simoes, films from Portugal and a tourism presentation.

Presidents' Day & February Vacation Week

The Annual Birthday Bash with special guests George, Abe and Teddy. Vacation week activities continued daily from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., ending with All Aboard the Lagoda.

Sailors' Series

Heading into its 24th year in 2014, the Sailors’ Series illustrated lectures presented a wide variety of experiences and adventures.

September AHA!

Culture*Park Theater presented scenes from the upcoming tour of Two Portuguese-American Plays. Thursday, September 11th

Summer Family Fun 2014

A listing of family activities and programs at the Museum during the summer months.

The Beetle Whaleboat Project

The construction of our Beetle whaleboat, the history of the Beetle Boat Company, and the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan

The River and the Rail: A Symposium on Enterprise & Industry in New Bedford

Thirteen speakers addressed the evolution of New Bedford as a commercial center.

The Sea Inside: A Love Letter to the Sea

Public talk and book signing with author and cultural historian, Philip Hoare. The presentation was on his latest book, The Sea Inside.

Whaling History Symposium

The Charles W. Morgan was the focus of the symposium this year, held during the historic whaleship homecoming.

A New Year's Eve Bash

Guests of all ages were invited to end the year with a bang!

Around the World and Back Again Reception

Exhibition opening reception as part of the Old Dartmouth Lyceum Lecture Series. Thursday, October 30.

Book Launch & Holiday Open House

The official book launch of No Ordinary Being: W. Starling Burgess, Inventor, Naval Architect, Poet, Aviation Pioneer by Llewellyn Howland III.

Book Signing: "No Ordinary Being"

Book Signing and Meet-and-Greet with author Llewellyn Howland III at Lannan Ship Model Gallery in Boston.

Chairman's Awards Celebration

A dinner to honor stalwart friends of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society. November 21

Charles W. Morgan Pre-Homecoming Event Series

In anticipation of the Charles W. Morgan’s arrival, the Museum hosted a family-friendly event series – free and open to the public.

Charles W. Morgan Visit 2014

The Charles W. Morgan and its historic 38th Voyage. Learn more about the nine day visit to New Bedford during the summer of 2014.

Colonial Chocolate Night

Held on AHA! night, featuring authentic colonial chocolate beverage recipes, products and free samplings.

Fado from Portugal

Portuguese Fado singer Duarte Coxo created an intimate evening of Fado in the Whaling Museum Theater. October 17

Free Fun Friday

On August 22nd, the Museum offered special activities throughout the day with free admission.

Free Screening: "20 Feet From Stardom"

The Zeiterion Theater presented a free screening of the film 20 Feet From Stardom in anticipation of Darlene Love's live concert.

Haunted Whale Ship, Spirited History

Back by popular demand! The family-friendly haunted whale ship reappeared Saturday, October 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.