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Current & Upcoming Programs

Join informal conversations with experts, aficionados, librarians, archivists, curators, historic preservation specialists, historians, and collectors.

One of the world’s best known live readings of Herman Melville’s iconic American novel Moby-Dick takes place every January at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The Moby-Dick Marathon draws readers and enthusiasts from around the globe to the Museum’s campus and to the reading online.

Kick off this year’s Moby-Dick Marathon by enjoying a meal well-suited for hungry sailors and a lively presentation by Aileen Callahan, esteemed local artist and professor. The talk, titled “Seeing Twice,” will explore aspects of visual perception and art elements that artists encounter when working with Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Aileen will further discuss powerful themes and connections that relate to the novel and to the exhibition, Moby-Dick in Days of Pestilence and Chaos.

Join the New Bedford Whaling Museum and David Weeden, Deputy of the Tribal Historic Preservation Department and a Mashpee Wampanoag Councilman, as he discusses ties between the Wampanoag Tribe and the museum’s recent exhibition, Re/Framing the View: Nineteenth-Century American Landscapes.

Explore a local cranberry bog in Marion and take in the spectacular views of 23-acres of bogs surrounded by small ponds and upland forests. White Eagle supports a rich diversity of habitats including upland pine, mixed hardwood forest, shrub and wooded swamp, freshwater marsh and cranberry bogs.

Join the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Chief Curator Naomi Slipp, as she discusses how women of the nineteenth-century were faced with limited opportunities presented during their lifetimes, but how some carved out successful careers as professional artists painting landscapes and still lifes.

This “Spring Awakening walk” at Dunham’s Brook Conservation Area will highlight a range of diverse natural habitats. The trailhead crosses a small meadow before entering an extensive wet forest, a portion of which contains a beautiful boardwalk and provides excellent bird watching. The trail then rises onto a ridge which opens to a corn field and oak-holly forests.

Osprey Marsh is a 19.8-acre parcel of protected upland woods, wetlands and marshland offering spectacular water views of Planting Island Cove. The recently completed Osprey Marsh Boardwalk allows for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. The trail consists of an 1,800-foot way that combines hard-surface segments with a wooden boardwalk and extends from the existing parking area on Point Road at Osprey Marsh, through the forest and wetlands, to a viewing platform on the cove.