Mothers, Daughters, Wives: Songs, Poems & Stories from Women in Fishing Families

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center presents Mothers, Daughters, Wives: Songs, Poems & Stories from Women in Fishing Families on Thursday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. as part of AHA night.  Poet Charlotte Enoksen, singer Joanne Doherty, and Debra Kelsey will share their stories about the unique dynamics fishing families and the role women have played in supporting those who work the sea, both at home and as advocates. This program is part of the Center’s look at Women in the Industry during Women’s History Month.

Fishing is part of the lives of so many families in our community yet many of us don’t know what life is like for these families.  The long hours, uncertain schedules, and time away from family impacts both crew and those they leave on shore.  Family life adjusts to the comings and goings of the fishermen. Charlotte Enoksen remembers her mother’s advice was ” You do not talk to him about anything important the first day he’s in or the day before he leaves.  You have three days to deal with real life, but the other days he’s transitioning”.  These women will offer a glimpse into the life of a fishing family.

Admission is free.  The Center is handicap accessible through the parking lot entrance. Free off-street parking available. The Center is located at 38 Bethel Street in New Bedford’s historic downtown.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through archives, exhibits, and programs. For more information, please email programs@fishingheritagecenter.org or call (508) 993-8894.