September 23, 2017
  • Working Waterfront Festival

    September 23, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and Steamship Pier

    Join us for the 13th Working Waterfront Festival! All the elements visitors love will be presented on Steamship Pier and at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center in a one day event. A free shuttle bus will link the two sites. Visit for more details!


October 6, 2017
  • Debra Cowan in Concert

    October 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    Following a life-long desire to sing and perform, Debra Cowan left her job as a California middle school math teacher in 1997 and went to live in Edinburgh, Scotland for six months. There she learned the art of unaccompanied singing and upon her return to the USA in 1998 began traveling all over New England performing at any open mike within 100 miles of her new home in Springfield, Massachusetts.

    Over a decade later, she is now a full-time performer who bridges the old and new with a refreshing stage presence. She has released four full-length recordings, all of which have earned praise on both sides of the Atlantic. She tours extensively in the United Kingdom and in North America and can also be seen on stage with her good friend, singer and musician John Roberts.

    When Debra isnt touring internationally or busy with her activities as American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 1000 Vice-President, she makes her home near Worcester, Massachusetts with her husband and their two cats, Hazel n Herman.

    Tickets are $8.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members and may be purchased at the Center Gift Shop or at


October 14, 2017
  • Scanning Day

    October 14, 2017 @ 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.


October 20, 2017
  • Dock-U-Mentaries: Charlie Brayton: Life of a Fisherman

    October 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    Having begun life on Prudence Island as the son of a clam raker, Charlie Brayton has fished nearly his entire life. This film by Markham Starr follows Charlie and his deckhand Douglas Stone through a day off Block Island, Rhode Island, as they fish for both lobster bait and groundfish. The film provides a backdrop as Charlie narrates his life story in the industry, from near-perpetual seasickness to learning the trade with help from his friends. Mr. Starr will introduce the film and answer questions following the screening. (2017)