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Join us on AHA! – New Bedford’s free Downtown Cultural Night and Collaborative Cultural organization

  • Presenting second Thursday FREE cultural nights
  • Local and regional artists, cultural groups and educators to present what they do
  • Being a forum for the AHA! Partners to convene around shared topics
  • Contributing to the City’s Creative Economy initiatives

Visit the Museum’s Calendar for up-to-date AHA! events at the Museum


Upcoming AHA! events at the Museum

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Local History Guild Program
6–7 pm in the Energy & Enterprise Gallery
Topic will be posted here soon.  


Past AHA! Events at the Museum

December 12, 2019

Local History Guild Program
New Bedford Whaling Museum Librarian Mark Procknik and Curator Michael Dyer displayed a “show and tell” of maritime documents from the museum’s permanent collection.
Doctor Finnegan’s Circus: The Greatest Show You’ve Never Seen
Sippican School Band Holiday Performance

November 14, 2019

Local History Guild Program
Teaching the Freed People: Reading the Diary of Ellen Kempton
Many New Bedford women did their part to support the education of newly freed people by joining the ranks of the Freedman’s Bureau as educators. Guests Ivy MacMahon and Lee Blake of the New Bedford Historical Society shared the found diary of Ellen Kempton, an abolitionist who traveled South to teach after the Civil War.

October 10, 2019

Elevate Southcoast:  Mindful Meetup 
Elevate hosted a Mindfulness & Sound event to explore the sound of Tibetan and Crystal singing bowls, drums and more.

Local History Guild Program
The Complex Histories of the Women of the South Coast
Ann O’Leary, librarian at Bishop Stang High School, New Bedford, and Emily Bourne Research Fellow at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, discussed her research and writing. Christina Turner, Director of Education at the Whaling Museum also took part in the conversation.

September 12, 2019

Local History Guild Program
The History of Public Music in New Bedford
A conversation concerning the history of public patronage, the aspirations of public education, and the history of public cultural and educational development in New Bedford with Dave Prentiss, President of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and Lynn Souza, New Bedford Public Schools’ Director of Fine Arts.

Music in the City Free Concert Series
The New Bedford Symphony Brass Quintet, featuring two trumpets, two trombones and one French horn, played a fun selection of classical favorites and popular tunes. Music in the City is funded by the Creative Commonwealth Initiative of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts.

Slide Slam of Arts & Culture in New Bedford
Highlights of the past year, featuring the stories, photos and videos of grant recipients of New Bedford Cultural Council, New Bedford’s Wicked Cool Places, and the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts’ Creative Commonwealth Initiative.

August 8, 2019

Local History Guild Program – The Public Face of Regional History A conversation with New Bedford City Preservation Planner Anne Louro and New Bedford Whaling Museum Director of Digital Initiatives Michael Lapides.

Your Theatre, Inc. presented scenes from THE 39 STEPS, their first production of the 73rd season, opening September 12, 2019.

July 11, 2019

Lecture & Book Signing: Under Sun, Stars and Sails – A Whaling Family’s Life at Sea by Marsha Hall Brown & Tom Hall 

Lives in the Wake of Whaling Masters
A conversation with author Anthony J. Connors about his new book Went to the Devil: A Yankee Whaler in the Slave Trade.

June 13, 2019

Alma Del Mar 7th Grade Response to Injustice Projects
7th grade scholars from Alma del Mar will be presenting projects on a modern-day injustice from around the world.

Local History Guild

May 9, 2019

Shakespeare in New Bedford: Much Ado About Nothing Scenes
New Bedford’s Free Shakespeare program, Shakespeare in NB, produced by The Glass Horse Project, previewed their third summer season: Much Ado About Nothing, with scenes between one of Shakespeare’s most famous couples, Beatrice and Benedick.

April 11, 2019

Local History Guild – Historical Perspectives on Religion and Society in the Old Dartmouth Region
A conversation with the Reverend Pamela Cole, Instructor in Humanities and History at Bristol Community College, and the Reverend Doctor John Douhan, Baptist historian.

Nativity Prep Students’ Exhibitions: Of Whales and Men: New Bedford and her subjects
Nativity Prep students, in partnership with Dr. Kathy Miraglia and UMass Dartmouth’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, celebrated the opening of their exhibition Of Whales and Men: New Bedford and her subjects. Students were on-hand to speak about their art and original works created to reflect on the subjects of New Bedford’s storied past.

March 14, 2019

Local History Guild – A conversation on the life and legacy of Captain Paul Cuffe
An informal discussion of the many important features to Cuffe’s life and legacy, his past and present significance to the community, and what that legacy may mean in years to come.

“Her Works Do Follow”: A Podcast on the Historic Women of the SouthCoast   
In 1889, “Her Works Do follow Her” was inscribed on Martha Bailey Briggs’ tablet memorial at Howard University, and today New Bedford students reflect on the work of Briggs, an influential educator and abolitionist, and other historic women of the Southcoast in their first-ever podcast. Through a Q&A showcase, the student producers reflected on their experience creating a podcast and learning about women’s history in our region.

Film: The Girl That Lit the World
Jarynette Gonzalez directed, scored, and produced this short film about a young woman overcoming her fears and taking a chance to pursue her dream of becoming a rapper. An aspiring music producer and songwriter herself, Jarynette was born and raised in New Bedford. Her film debuted at the Lunafest Southcoast film festival in New Bedford in January 2019.

Music Video: Taking Back the Power
YAP! and Big Picture Anthems partnered to create “Taking Back the Power,” a new anthem for the Women’s Rights Movement featuring six talented artists from around the country.

Lighting the Way: Spoken Word Contest 
In partnership with the Bristol Community College Women’s Center and the YWCA, students aged 12 to 24 participated in a spoken word contest where they shared writing inspired by women featured in “Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast.”  

February 14, 2019

Film Screening: Melville in Love
Melville in Love is a full-length documentary on Herman Melville, the writing of Moby-Dick, and Melville’s secret love affair with Sarah Morewood, based on the recent book by noted biographer Michael Shelden.

December 13, 2018

Local History Guild conversations (monthly on AHA! Nights)
Topic: What’s in Your Postcards? Art, History, and Architecture in Public Pictorial Formats

Sippican School Band Holiday Performance

November 8, 2018

Local History Guild conversations (monthly on AHA! Nights)
OFF-SITE: Fort Taber Military Museum – 1000C Rodney French Boulevard

Film Screening: A Plastic Ocean

Exhibit Opening & Great War and Azores Lecture
Portugal E A Grande Guerra Contextos E Protagonistas –
Portugal and the World War I Contexts and Protagonists

October 11, 2018

Local History Guild conversations (monthly on AHA! Nights at the Museum)
Topic: Historic Houses: Techniques, Ideas, and Goals for their Interpretation

Immigrant’s Assistance Center Movie Screening
Reel Portuguese Traditions

Film Screening & Panel Discussion
The Last Azorean Whalemen
Directed by Nick Francis & Produced by Luis Filipe Dias
Presented by the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society  

September 13, 2018

Gallery Talk: After Ryder
by photographer Nicholas Whitman

Local History Guild conversations (monthly on AHA! Nights at the Museum)
Topic: The National Park Service and its Local Communities

E for All Graduation Ceremony
2018 Summer Accelerator Showcase & Celebration

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