January 19, 2018
  • Dock-U-Mentaries: On the Waterfront

    January 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    MarlonBrando gives the performance of his career as the tough prizefighter-turned-longshoremanTerry Malloy in this masterpiece of urban poetry. A raggedly emotional tale ofindividual failure and social corruption, On the Waterfront followsTerry’s deepening moral crisis as he must decide whether to remain loyal to themob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) and Johnny’s right-handman, Terry’s brother, Charley (Rod Steiger), as the authorities close in onthem. Driven by the vivid, naturalistic direction of Elia Kazan and savory,streetwise dialogue by Budd Schulberg, On the Waterfront was an instantsensation, winning eight Oscars®, including for best picture, director, actor,supporting actress (Eva Marie Saint), and screenplay. 

    Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.


January 26, 2018
  • By the Sweat of Our Brow - Sylvia Soares

    January 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is pleased to present By the Sweat of Our Brow, an illustrated talk by performing artist Sylva Ann Soares. Created from the oral history interviews of elder Cape Verdean Longshoremen of International Longshoremen's Association Local #1329, the performance brings their stories to life. The performance will take place on Friday,January 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the Center.

     Created in 2009, Ms. Soares used the oral history interviews she conducted with Cape Verdean and African American union members to create this performance telling the untold stories of Rhode Island's labor struggles and culture through the experiences of the members ofILA #1329  The ILA # 1329 has a rich history which is linked to the African American civil rights movement.  Founded during the Depression, the union struggled against shippers, employment discrimination, and union busting.  Ms. Soares' father, Arthur S. Soares, was along time member as well as President of ILA #1329 for 16 years.  He was the first Black President of the Propeller Club of the United States Port of Narragansett Bay.  Many of those interviewed also were the first to hold positions within various government organizations.  By the Sweat of Our Brow is the motto for the association.

     Admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members.  Doors open at6:30.  Free off-street parking available.For more information, call (508) 993-8894 or visit fishingheritagecenter.org. This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities.

     Sylvia Ann Soares is a gradute of CCRI ’93 and Brown ‘95. A member of  SAG-AFTRA and AEA, Ms. Soares worked in New York's 1960’s Black Theatre Movement. Her stage work includes: Boston’s Huntington, LA Shakespeare, LA Mark Taper, NY Public and Trinity Rep. She has appeared on television including: PBS American Playhouse’s Three Sovereigns for Sarah , Kojak, Police Story, Baretta, Good Times. Sylvia has created, produced, performed for Providence Dept. of Art, Culture and Tourism and local RI theatre. Illustrated talks funded by RI Council for the Humanities are: “By the Sweat of Our Brow” an oral history of ILA #1329; “Kerosene Lamp Church” on 1st Cape Verdean Protestant church in America; and, “A Tribute to Eddie Soares”, uncle,RI Jazz musician. In 2013, RICH funded Soares to be Nancy Elizabeth Prophet in Living History. She performs Prophet’s diary and is developing Defiance! a solo on Prophet, 1st grad of color from RISD, 1918. Sylvia Ann is of the RI/Providence Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project performing live history storytelling as ‘Silvy Tory’ freed RI South County slave.Sylvia/‘Silvy Tory’ performs again in 2018 for URI touring exhibit renamed“Visible Cloth, Invisible Bodies: RI Textiles and Southern Slavery in the 19Century.” It is mounted for RIMPCPMP by URI’s Committee for the Commemoration and Study of Slavery in RI and their Dept. of Art and Art History.


February 10, 2018
  • Scanning Day

    February 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    We invite the public to bring their fishing related photographs, both historic and contemporary, as well as documents such as settlement sheets, union books, or news clippings to be scanned. NBFHC staff and volunteers will scan your materials and record any information you share about what you bring. You will leave with your originals along with a digital copy on a flash drive. We are working to create a digital archive of these materials which will be made available to researchers and the public. These documents will help us to tell the story of the fishing industry. This event is free and open to the public.


  • Sea Glass Pendant Class

    February 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    Do you have Sea Glass, just sitting around in a Jar? Take this 2 hr workshop and learn how you can transform it into wearable, beautiful jewelry!

    Melonie of Mermaids Baubles will be your instructor and she will bring everything you need to go home with at least 1 (if not 2!) wire wrapped Sea Glass Pendants.

    Sterling Silver plated Wire, Accent Beads (optional), Jewelry Bag & Tool use is included, along with friendly hands-on assistance. Beginners, ages 12 & Up, are warmly welcomed!

    BYO sea glass (a nice triangular shape is easiest for beginners to wrap) to work with, and find out which ones are the most desirable, sought after and desirable in your collection! If you do not have any, basic pieces will be available.

    Class Cost: $25/Members and $30 for non-Members.
    Class Limited to 12 and Pre-Registration is a MUST:

    Phone: (508) 993-8894
    Address: 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740

    Please note:
    This Workshop is for ages 12+ (wire manipulation & sharp tool use)


February 15, 2018
  • Performance of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

    February 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    The NewBedford Fishing Heritage Center is pleased to present a performance of SamuelTaylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by theWatermelonAlligator Theatre Company on Thursday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m.Rime is the story of the misfortune the ancient mariner experiences on hislast voyage when he does something terrible for unknown reasons and for whichothers pay the price.  

    First published in 1798, Rimewas included in the book, Lyrical Ballads, a collection whichlaunched the movement known as British Romanticism. In the poem, TaylorColeridge explores the ideas of sin, suffering, and salvation.  Thepopular phrases "albatross around the neck" and "water, watereverywhere/nor any drop to drink" originate from this poem.

    WatermelonAlligator's castfor this production includes Jess Wilson of Onset, Korey Pimental of NewBedford, Veronique Sylvia of Fairhaven, Sue Salvesen of Marion and TonyFerreira of Swansea.  The WatermelonAlligator Theatre Company is aconsortium of theatre professionals and dedicated amateurs who are committed toproducing quality theatre in a local setting. They also provide theatrical educationand training to interested individuals at all levels of experience and ability,with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in their educational andperformance opportunities. 

    The performance will be accompaniedby a slideshow of Gustav Doré's etchings photographed from an original 1876edition of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner donated to the Center byVirginia Vatelle. The original volume will be housed in the New Bedford FreePublic Library's archive.

    Admission is $8/members and$10/non members. Doors open at 6:30.  Free parking is available in theCenter lot.  This program is funded in part by the Massachusetts CulturalCouncil, the Dartmouth Local Cultural Council, the Mattapoisett Local CulturalCouncil, the New Bedford Cultural Council, and the New Bedford Free PublicLibrary.