Past Programs 2016

2016 programs are listed in alphabetical order.

4th Annual Haunted Whale Ship

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

Film Screening: "Out of Bounds: Sports in the Inner City"

A documentary about how athletes deal with issues of the inner city and how sports could be a vehicle to success.

Film Screening: “Sonic Sea”

Free screening of the film Sonic Sea, followed by a panel discussion about ocean noise and other issues raised in the film.

Free Fun Fridays! 2016

Activities throughout the day with free admission July 22. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

Grand Opening: Casa dos Botes Discovery Center

A new family-friendly interactive zone opened to the public on Sunday, May 22.

Herman Melville’s Life & Legacy

September 28 marked the 125th anniversary of this literary icon’s passing. To celebrate his life and legacy, the Museum, The Melville Society and The Woodlawn Cemetery presented two free events.

Lagoda Centennial

A celebration of the Lagoda exhibit’s second century of service with events and programs befitting the grand old ship.

Lagoda Centennial Gala

Guests enjoyed live performances and gourmet cuisine inspired by the Lagoda’s travels to each of the “Seven Seas.”

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Participants joined more than 100,000 film lovers across 240 cities and six continents to view and vote on the Finalists’ Films of the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

Melville Scholars Workshop, Tours and Lecture

For Moby-Dick Marathon and Herman Melville fans, and anyone curious about why Melville remains relevant today.

Members' Holiday Open House

Museum members enjoyed seasonal libations and festive hors d’oeuvres while browsing an array of products from the White Whale gift store.

Moby-Dick Marathon 20th Anniversary

Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece was celebrated at the 20th Anniversary of the Moby-Dick Marathon.

New Year's Eve Bash 2016

Revelers of all ages celebrated and bid goodbye to 2016 with an exciting evening of entertainment.

Open House: Connecting Coastal Communities

The public was invited to join the Museum’s apprenticeship program and their guests from Iceland to learn more about their ongoing cultural exchange project, “Connecting Coastal Communities.”

Party for the Ocean

A family-friendly day full of hands-on activities to learn how to keep our oceans healthy.

Presidents' Day Birthday Bash kicks off February Vacation Week

Children discovered how New Bedford shaped America’s history, participated in a scavenger hunt, a historic character photo shoot, and more.

Renew & Celebrate 2016

Participants joined Yoga on Union & Whaling Museum communities for their first yoga practice of the new year.

Right Whale Day

Free family activities about the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean

Rachael Miller, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Rozalia Project and captain of the Ted Hood 60’ research vessel, American Promise, shared her research on the impact of marine debris in the world’s oceans and coastlines.

Sailors' Series 2016: A Century of Design & Invention

The 2016 lecture series kicked off with an illustrated talk titled “The Herreshoff Legacy”.

Screening & Book Signing "In Defense of Food"

FREE Screening of Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” with special guest Dr. David Ludwig. Presented by the New Bedford Wellness Initiative.

Scrimshaw 101

A one-day seminar for newcomers and a refresher for seasoned hands.

Seán Tyrrell performs “Message of Peace”

Irish music and commentary inspired by John Boyle O’Reilly

7th Annual Nautical Antiques Show

Hundreds of antiques on view from some of New England’s most respected dealers.

Shifty Sailors singing group

The group performed a medley of traditional nautical tunes in the Bourne Building.

Symposium: Famine, Friends & Fenians

A symposium on Irish and Irish-American history

Talk & Book Signing: Frozen in Time - An Early New Bedford Carte de Visite* Album

A talk by author and archeologist Susan Lukesh and a book signing of her publication titled “Frozen in Time”.

The Black Women's Health Study: 20 Years of Research

A Presentation by Yvette C. Cozier, D.Sc., MPH.

The Second Half: Fall Lecture Series 2016

The Whaling Museum, in partnership with The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute presented a daytime lecture series titled “Islands”.

The Second Half: Spring Lecture Series 2016

The Museum, in partnership with The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute, presented a daytime lecture series.

Whaling History Conference

Stories of the Whale: From New England to the Alaskan Arctic

Whaling in Cape Verde & the legacy of Cape Verde in Yankee whaling

REMARKS by The Honorable Abraão Vicente, LECTURE by José J. Cabral and SPECIAL GUEST Manuel Da Luz Gonçalves, author of Cape Verdean Creole to English Dictionary

Where the Land Meets the Sea, 2016

A three-part series of Wednesday evening lectures presented by Buzzard's Bay Coalition and the Whaling Museum.

28th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend

The world’s only forum devoted to the indigenous shipboard art of whalers during the “Age of Sail.” May 13-15

April Vacation Week 2016

Crafts, hands-on activities and lots of fun for all throughout the week!

A Story of Charity and Forgiveness

A presentation by Richard Moore titled Can I Give Him My Eyes?

Book Launch and Signing

Around the World in Search of Whales: A Journal of the Lucy Ann Voyage, 1841-1844 by John F. Martin and edited by Kenneth R. Martin.

Bourne Building Centennial Dedication

November 19, 2016 marked the official unveiling of the Lagoda and the Bourne Building one hundred years ago.

Centennial Lecture Series

Each was presented twice, so there were two opportunities to attend. The lunchtime lecture was an abbreviated 30-minute version of the full lecture in the evening.

Cities 2.0 – A TEDxNewBedford Salon

What will tomorrow’s cities look like? Talk about it! Participants enjoyed TEDTalks videos, live speakers, light refreshments and deep discussion in the Museum’s Harbor View Gallery.

Discover Iceland!

Information about the 2016 Boston to Iceland trip, including itinerary highlights.

Empowering Muslim Women and Communities: A Personal Story

Scholar, activist and interfaith leader Dr. Sarah Sayeed spoke about her experience as the mediator between the Muslim community and the Mayor’s office in NYC.

Exhibition Opening Reception

Power, Performance and Speed: A celebration of 20th Century Yacht Designers
C. Raymond Hunt and W. Starling Burgess

Film: Temple Grandin

Biopic about the extraordinary Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who overcame the limitations imposed on her by her condition to become an expert in the field of animal husbandry.

Film Screening & Book Signing "The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific"

A documentary film by Sam Low, also the author of Hawaiki Rising.

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